NEC announces the LaVie Z, the world's lightest ultrabook
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According to NEC's Japanese press release, the LaVie Z 13.3-inch ultrabook, weighing in at just 875 grams, is the "world's lightest ultrabook." NEC has taken a number of steps to create such a thin and light notebook, such as using a lithium-magnesium alloy body.
Despite its very low weight and thickness, the LaVie Z packs plenty of power. Depending on the model, users can expect Intel's third-generation Core i7-3517U or i5-3317U processors, 256GB or 128GB of SSD storage, 4GB of RAM, a 1600x900 resolution display, a 720p webcam, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. Being an ultrabook, battery life is important, and NEC claims that it can have up to 8.1 hours of battery life.
Its expected launch date is August 23 in Japan with no real word on pricing, however Engadget claims that the base model will cost ¥130,000 (a little over $1,600 USD), while the higher-end model will add an extra ¥30,000 (roughly $375) to the overall cost.
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