LG on Thursday formally announced its next-generation LG gram ultra-thin notebooks. The new laptops will be as sleek as their predecessors, but will get a more durable chassis, Intel’s latest quad-core 8th generation Core i5/i7 processors, optional Thundebolt 3 connectivity and a higher-capacity accumulator that enables 19 – 22.5 hours battery life.

The new LG gram 2018 notebooks will continue to be offered with 13.3”, 14”, and 15.6” display panels with optional touch support. LG does not disclose resolution, but it looks like it is going to remain at 1920×1080 pixels, unchanged from the current-generation LG gram and standard for laptops with an ultra-long battery life. The upcoming LG gram PCs will come in a new Carbon Magnesium alloy chassis that visually resembles the current-gen LG gram notebooks, but has one important difference. LG moved the webcam along with a light sensor and microphones from the bottom of the display bezel to its top (where they should be). The display hinge remains the same, just like the overall look of the chassis: smooth rounded edges and no sharp corners. Meanwhile, LG used a new alloy for the chassis and also redesigned internals of its gram laptops to make them more rugged and durable to survive improper handling and unfriendly environments. The manufacturer says that its 2018 LG gram notebooks have passed U.S. military MIL-STD 810G durability tests for resistance to impact, pressure and temperature, but does not elaborate. Back in the past LG’s Gram PCs were criticized for being too fragile, so the new systems apparently address this drawback.

LG does not share all technical specifications of its next-gen gram laptops, but only says they are based on Intel’s 8th generation Core i5/i7 processors that have four cores and therefore offer better performance than predecessors in applications that can take advantage of additional parallelism. Beyond CPU specs, we know almost nothing. It is logical to expect that some variants of the systems will feature 8 GB of memory, others will be outfitted with 16 GB, but larger options remain to be seen. When it comes to storage, the new systems will come equipped with SSDs of regular capacities you expect from modern notebooks (256 GB – 512 GB), but will also feature an additional M.2 slot for an extra drive. As for connectivity, the notebooks will also feature an 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT module, two USB 3.0 Type-A headers, a USB Type-C connector that can serve either as a Thunderbolt 3 port, or a USB 3.0 port (depending on the SKU), an HDMI output and a mini-jack for headphones.

Another key improvement of the next-gen LG gram laptops over predecessors will be a new battery featuring 72 Wh capacity that enables 19 – 22.5 hours of battery life (based on MobileMark 2014 criteria) depending on the model. It is unknown whether LG tailored its systems to run longer by using more energy efficient components (e.g., LPDRR3 instead of DDR4, etc.) and tweaking settings, but this is something we are going to learn in the future. In any case, the new LG gram laptops might be not only one of the most compact mobile PCs around, but also among the longest-lasting ones.

The LG Gram 2018 Brief Specifications
Screen Resolution 1920×1080?
Touch Support Optional, LG's IPS In-Cell Touch technology
CPU Family 8th generation Core i5/i7 processors
Model Core i5-8250U - 4C/8T, 1.6 - 3.4 GHz, 6 MB cache, HD Graphics 620 at 1.1 GHz, 15 W
Core i5-8350U - 4C/8T, 1.7 - 3.6 GHz, 6 MB cache, HD Graphics 620 at 1.1 GHz, 15 W
Core i7-8550U - 4C/8T, 1.8 - 4.0 GHz, 8 MB cache, HD Graphics 620 at 1.15 GHz, 15 W
Core i7-8650U - 4C/8T, 1.9 - 4.2 GHz, 8 MB cache, HD Graphics 620 at 1.15 GHz, 15 W
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 620
16 GB
Storage 256 GB SSD
512 GB SSD
1 TB SSD (?)
+ 1 extra M.2 slot for SSD
Wi-Fi 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with BT
USB 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C or Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3 Optional
Fingerprint Sensor Optional
Audio Microphone, 1.5 W stereo speakers with DTS Headphone: X enhancement
Other I/O MicroSDXC card reader
Battery 72 Wh
Battery Life 22.5 hours 21.5 hours 19 hours
Thickness Thin
Weight 965 grams
2.12 lbs
995 grams
2.19 lbs
1095 grams
2.41 lbs

LG plans to start selling its 2018 gram laptops sometimes next month in the U.S. Pricing is not announced at this time.

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  • IntelUser2000 - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    That's not what's considered reasonable nowadays. CDN $800 is US $620. Canadian pricing tends to be higher than exchange rates so $800cdn means $599usd or lower.

    $599 usd is mainstream to a value laptop.
  • euskalzabe - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    US $800 is what'd be reasonable for the 13" model, I'd say. Price would probably be closer to $1000 CDN.
  • nerd1 - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    This is ultralight premium laptop - weight comparable to 12" macbook. I think you're asking too much if you expect that low price.
  • hybrid2d4x4 - Saturday, December 16, 2017 - link

    In retrospect, you guys are right, $1000 is a more reasonable target price for something like this.
  • hybrid2d4x4 - Saturday, December 16, 2017 - link

    I can't argue with that exchange rate, but for example, just a few days ago I saw an ad for a Dell 13" 5000-series (maybe 3000) with those specs for CDN$800, so I don't think it's completely out of line. If anything, regular price of CDN$1000 and occasional sale price $800-850 I'd be ok with. But I do take your point that that's not the reality anymore.

    My gripe is that now you have garbage rebranded Atoms (and soon, ARM) with eMMC trying to displace the "400-600" price laptops that traditionally were meh-to-crap build quality but good CPU/RAM and user-upgradable HDD.
  • nerd1 - Sunday, December 17, 2017 - link

    Dell 5000 series are "affordable" lineup - how much does XPS 13 cost?
  • Sliderpro93 - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    72wh battery? In under 1 kilo laptop? I hope it DOES have a screen right?
  • digiguy - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    Samsung notebook 9 2018: 75wh in under 1kg....
  • GC2:CS - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    Well actually that is crazy if we compare that to a MacBook which is full of batteries and rakes in at 2 pounds. Just 41,1 Wh and 195g. And a week before I considered that quite high in this space (the capacity).

    What they did there ? Made it out of cardboard so it seems light, have they removed the fan if there was any, or made the motherboard as an external acessory ?

    I just wish this is that “batterevolution” of some breaktrough super dense batteries that is going to benefit everything. Or at least new method for battery packimg in notebooks.
  • digiguy - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    The 2017 model (Samsung) has a 33wh battery and weight 788gr (less than a surface pro without keyboard). I have opened it and man that motherboard is tiny. Also the metal the laptop is made of is very light, I think it's similar to that of the surface. There is a fan, but you have control over the thermals (you can toggle silent mode and it will throttle and be silent) or let the fun run when needed.

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