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Lightweight LG Gram 15Z980 15-inch notebook powered by Intel i7-8550U now available

The LF Gram 15Z980 weighs only 2.41 lbs thanks to its Nano Carbon and magnesium chassis. (Source: LG)
The LF Gram 15Z980 weighs only 2.41 lbs thanks to its Nano Carbon and magnesium chassis. (Source: LG)
The Gram 15Z980 is among the lightest 15-inchers on the market right now, and, despite its weight, it still integrates powerful features like the Intel gen 8 i7-8550U CPU coupled with 16 GB of DDR4-2400 and two 512 GB M.2 SATA SSDs.

Mostly known for its OLED displays and smartphones nowadays, LG does have more varied product lines, including ultraportable notebooks. The latest notebook series from LG to be available in the US is the Gram lineup, which debuted in 2015 with 13-inch and 14-inch models. Later on, in 2016, LG introduced 15-inch models and tried to keep even these bigger models as slim and lightweight as possible, without compromising battery life and processing power.

The latest 15-inch Gram notebook model was showcased at CES 2018, but the exact specs were not unveiled bac then. Instead, some of the specs were revealed a few days ago when LG added the top of the line 15Z980 15-inch model page to the official website and marked it as available. Apart from the upgrade to Intel’s gen 8 i7-8550U CPU, there are a few subtle differences when comparing the new model to the 2017 ones: webcam is now placed at the top of screen and the fingerprint sensor got integrated into the keyboard mounted power switch, while the whole chassis is now more sturdy thanks to the MIL-STD 810G certification.

The list of features includes:
•    15.6-inch 1080p IPS touchscreen
•    16 GB DDR4-2400 RAM
•    Intel UHD Graphics 620 iGPU
•    2 x 512 GB M.2 SATA SSDs
•    Wireless + GbE + Bluetooth 4.1
•    2 x 1.5 W speakers
•    Connections: HDMI, USB 3.0 Type-C (Thunderbolt 3), 3 x USB 3.0, audio jack
•    microSD card reader
•    72 Wh battery
•    2.41 lbs weight
•    Dark silver chassis made of Nano Carbon & Magnesium

The LG Gram 15Z980-R.AAS9U1 is now available on Amazon and B&H for US$1,999. Make sure to also check our review of the i5-8250 15-incher.

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Bogdan Solca, 2018-02- 6 (Update: 2018-02- 6)
Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - News Editor
I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.