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NEC updates thin LaVie ultrabook with 15.6-inch IPS display

updated 12:01 pm EST, Wed December 19, 2012

Notebook has bigger screen, maintains half-inch thickness

NEC is preparing to release a notebook that updates its thin line of ultrabooks in Japan with a new size of display, among other upgrades. The LaVie X has a 15.6-inch full HD IPS display, bigger than the LaVie Z's 13.3-inch display shown back in May, while keeping a slender profile that measures 12.8mm (half an inch) thick at its thinnest point.

Powered by an Intel Core i7-3517U processor with 4GB of RAM, the LaVie X is claimed to have a two-second boot time, 256GB of SSD storage, Wi-Fi access, connectivity through Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, SDXC, two USB 3.0 ports, and also houses a 720p HD webcam. The notebook's extra screen size also increases weight, up to 3.5-pounds from the 2.2 of its predecessor, while the battery offers up to seven hours of uptime, with an option to rapidly recharge to 80-percent of its capacity within an hour. Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010 and Windows 8 are pre-installed.

Shipping on December 27, the NEC LaVie X Ultrabook will cost 175,000 yen ($2,100), though a second model with 128GB of SSD storage will also be available at a cost of 130,000 yen ($1,500). Details of an international release were not disclosed by the company.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. teknishn

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    Joined: 11-02-06

    I'm trying to decide just how much fail is here... maily because of price. Man people freak out about Apple's prices. In the very least this goes to show just how reasonable Apple can be when you start making things thin and amazing. But back to this rig, we have a Macbook Pro sized screen, but far less resolution than the Macbook Pros Retina display. Its got a ULV 2 core processor that falls short of the i7 option in the Macbook Air in performance not to mention getting obliterated by the quad core processor in the pro. Its got only 4gb of ram which is also less than 8gb option on the Air and standard on the Retina Macbook Pros. Basically this thing looks like your token Ultrabook with a larger screen.... but they want to price it up with the big boys such as the Macbook Pro ..... which will squash this thing in every measurable category. I'm sorry, but I dont get it.

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