Razer Blade with 4K UHD display now shipping in North America
After having announced a refresh to its Blade Stealth series in June, Razer is finally ready to begin shipping out the new SKUs to North American consumers. The 12.5-inch Blade Stealth gets a new gunmetal gray chassis and a larger 13.3-inch display while the existing VR Ready 14-inch Blade will now include a 4K UHD touchscreen option. Previously, the Blade Stealth was limited to a magnesium alloy chassis while the Blade was configurable up to a matte FHD panel only.
Other than the differences above, there are no other major changes to the design or internals of the Blade Stealth or Blade. The bezels on the new Blade Stealth are narrower in order to accommodate the larger 13.3-inch QHD (3200 x 1800) screen, but users who want 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) on the Blade Stealth must still purchase the older 12.5-inch model. The lack of a 4K UHD option for the newer model is likely due to sourcing and supply issues for that particular resolution and size.
As for the new 4K UHD Blade, we're a bit wary of the practicality of such a dense pixel count on a small screen paired with the GTX 1060 GPU. While powerful, a GTX 1070 or higher is recommended for 4K UHD gaming purposes. Razer has yet to announce any major chassis refreshes with Max-Q even though the power-sipping Max-Q concept would go hand-to-hand with Razer's ultrathin design philosophy. The manufacturer may simply be waiting for Intel's Coffee Lake reveal before investing in both Max-Q and 8th gen Core ix processors simultaneously.
The 13.3-inch Blade Stealth and 14-inch Blade 4K UHD can now be had for $1400 and $2400 USD, respectively. While we've yet to get our hands on the 4K UHD Blade, our recent review on the new Blade Stealth details all the major brightness and color differences between it and the older 12.5-inch configurations.