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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  • nerd1 - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    They are using patented new battery (using carbon nanotubes or something), and custom litium-magnesium alloy to make both battery and case extremely light.
  • Sliderpro93 - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    If it has LPDDR4 Ram + thunderbolt 3, (which it has to have) I see NO reason to even HAVE a desktop anymore, unless you use 1080-class GPU horsepower.
    There is 4 core CPU, there is ram, there is GPU possibility and it weights like a heavy tablet
    I hope price is under 1500 for entry model. (Because for games top i7 won't make much sense because of power draw limitation, so ~3.4ghz/4 core would be decent enough, my desktop haswell I5 was ~3.4-3.6ghz)
  • Stochastic - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    Well, in a thin and light you're going to get a lot of throttling. You could run an 8700K at 4.8-5.0 Ghz all day, while as a system like this will probably throttle to 2-2.5 Ghz if you are pushing it hard.
  • Samus - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    Power button in the top right corner, where delete or backspace should be, completely ruined the whole laptop. Can't believe they fuck this up on $1000 machines. Like it's acceptable to accidently put the machine to sleep or worse, shut it down, multiple times a day because they were too cheap to put a fucking button on the side of the machine.

    Unbelievable. I don't complain about much but this is an amazing trend in stupid industrial design.
  • nerd1 - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    It's exactly the same position as macbook, so it's justified :D
  • nicolaim - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    In defence of the Macbook one, a momentary press of the button doesn't do anything, so pressing it accidentally is no problem.
  • Samus - Saturday, December 16, 2017 - link

    I've noticed that, but that is an OS hook, because even Macbooks with a "real" power button react differently than Windows does. Microsoft does not accommodate this type of design. In Windows, when you push a power button, it sleeps/suspends or shuts down the system, whether it is momentary or what.
  • Manch - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - link

    Windows had had the same thing since Vista LOL. Control Panel > Power Options > Choose what the power buttons do.

    I agree that a three column numpad is pointless, but I don't know what yall are on about in regards to the power button. Just change the function. I use the numpad on my ASUS a lot. Never hit the power button.
  • euskalzabe - Friday, December 22, 2017 - link

    Glad someone other than me pointed this out. I always hear this complaint in Windows laptops. You know how many times I've seen that complaint on a Macbook review? Exactly zero. #bias
  • IntelUser2000 - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    It's not that stupid. The power button is recessed unlike the delete key. It'd take quite a force to press it.

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