New Razer Blade 15 includes 144 Hz, 240 Hz, OLED, Core i7-9750H, and 802.11ax options
With the 9th gen Intel Core H-series now detailed, OEMs everywhere are ready to refresh their respective laptops with the new, faster processors. Razer in particular will be equipping its 15.6-inch Blade 15 laptops with the Core i7-9750H alongside a host of new internal updates. The chassis will remain identical to last year's model.
At least three new SKUs of the Blade 15 will be available. Starting at the bottom is the Blade 15 Base Model updated to 9th gen Core i7, RTX 2060 graphics, optional 144 Hz panel, and Windows Hello. In comparison, last year's Base Model maxed out at the GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU with a 60 Hz panel only. The RJ-45 port, single-zone RGB key Chroma lighting, and secondary 2.5-inch SATA III bay all return.
The next step up is the Blade 15 Advanced Model with optional 802.11ax (or WiFi 6) and a new 240 Hz panel. Ghosting should be kept to a minimum due to the fast 4.4 ms response time. This particular panel option is likely identical to what HP announced for its Omen 15 back at CES 2019. GPU options include the RTX 2070 Max-Q or RTX 2080 Max-Q with all the chassis features of last year's Advanced Model.
Lastly, the top-end configuration will be the glossy 60 Hz 4K UHD OLED Blade 15 as unveiled at CES earlier this year. This configuration comes only with the RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU.
Note that the Blade 15 Base Model will continue to have minor chassis differences to the Advanced Model as explained in our review here.
Although the Blade 15 series will not be utilizing the full-fledged RTX 2070 or RTX 2080 Max-P versions, Razer is promising that its implementation of Max-Q will be towards the higher-end of the performance spectrum. The Nvidia Turing Max-Q series has a wider TDP range for an unfortunately wider performance variance and so not all laptops with RTX 2070 Max-Q or 2080 Max-Q graphics will perform the same.
Expect the 144 Hz Base Model, 240 Hz Advanced Model, and OLED Advanced Model to retail for $1999. $2399, and $3299, respectively, when they launch in just a few short weeks. The OLED version, however, will not be available for another few months. The Blade 15 announcements join the recent 2019 Blade Pro refresh.
|2019 Blade 15 Base Model||2019 Blade 15 Advanced Model|
|Display||FHD 144 Hz||FHD 240 Hz|
4K UHD OLED 60 Hz
|GPU||RTX 2060||RTX 2070 Max-Q|
RTX 2080 Max-Q
|MSRP||$1999||$2399 to $3299|