Panasonic launches 12-inch Let's Note laptop with Intel gen 8 CPUs
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Apart from the ToughBook rugged laptops, which are available worldwide, Panasonic also caters to the local Japanese market with series like Let’s Note that cram very powerful specs into sub-14-inch models. These localized series rarely become available for the Western market, but, when they do, the prices tend to get a bit spicy. Take for example the latest Let’s Note CF-SV7 model that comes with Intel’s Kaby Lake-R CPUs. Even if it is only a 2.2/2.5 lbs 12-inch device, all the high-end specs on the CF-SV7 can push the prices towards the US$4,000 mark.
Panasonic lets users choose between all the Kaby Lake-R CPUs, including the top-tier i7-8650U. There is no discrete GPU, but there are several optional specs that are quite unusual for a 12-incher, making it a bit thicker than the average laptop. The list of specs includes:
• 12.1-inch FHD display
• 8 or 16 GB LPDDR3 RAM
• optional storage combo made of up to one 512 GB SATA SSD and up to 1 TB NVMe SSD
• optical disc drive (CD/DVD burner or Blu-ray reader + DVD burner)
• WiFi + Bluetooth 4.1 + GbE jack
• optional 4G LTE modem
• SD card reader
• connectors: USB 3.1 Type-C (Thunderbolt 3), 3 x USB 3.0 Type-A, HDMI, VGA, 2 x audio jacks
• S battery pack that lasts 14 h or L battery pack that lasts for up to 21 h
Prices start at US$2,300 and may go up to 4,000 with all the optional and high-end specs. Of course, all this is converted from Japanese currency, so the prices might not reflect the actual MSRP these devices could get on the US market.