LG on Thursday formally announced its next-generation LG gram ultra-thin notebooks. The new laptops will be as sleek as their predecessors, but will get a more durable chassis, Intel’s latest quad-core 8th generation Core i5/i7 processors, optional Thundebolt 3 connectivity and a higher-capacity accumulator that enables 19 – 22.5 hours battery life.

The new LG gram 2018 notebooks will continue to be offered with 13.3”, 14”, and 15.6” display panels with optional touch support. LG does not disclose resolution, but it looks like it is going to remain at 1920×1080 pixels, unchanged from the current-generation LG gram and standard for laptops with an ultra-long battery life. The upcoming LG gram PCs will come in a new Carbon Magnesium alloy chassis that visually resembles the current-gen LG gram notebooks, but has one important difference. LG moved the webcam along with a light sensor and microphones from the bottom of the display bezel to its top (where they should be). The display hinge remains the same, just like the overall look of the chassis: smooth rounded edges and no sharp corners. Meanwhile, LG used a new alloy for the chassis and also redesigned internals of its gram laptops to make them more rugged and durable to survive improper handling and unfriendly environments. The manufacturer says that its 2018 LG gram notebooks have passed U.S. military MIL-STD 810G durability tests for resistance to impact, pressure and temperature, but does not elaborate. Back in the past LG’s Gram PCs were criticized for being too fragile, so the new systems apparently address this drawback.

LG does not share all technical specifications of its next-gen gram laptops, but only says they are based on Intel’s 8th generation Core i5/i7 processors that have four cores and therefore offer better performance than predecessors in applications that can take advantage of additional parallelism. Beyond CPU specs, we know almost nothing. It is logical to expect that some variants of the systems will feature 8 GB of memory, others will be outfitted with 16 GB, but larger options remain to be seen. When it comes to storage, the new systems will come equipped with SSDs of regular capacities you expect from modern notebooks (256 GB – 512 GB), but will also feature an additional M.2 slot for an extra drive. As for connectivity, the notebooks will also feature an 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT module, two USB 3.0 Type-A headers, a USB Type-C connector that can serve either as a Thunderbolt 3 port, or a USB 3.0 port (depending on the SKU), an HDMI output and a mini-jack for headphones.

Another key improvement of the next-gen LG gram laptops over predecessors will be a new battery featuring 72 Wh capacity that enables 19 – 22.5 hours of battery life (based on MobileMark 2014 criteria) depending on the model. It is unknown whether LG tailored its systems to run longer by using more energy efficient components (e.g., LPDRR3 instead of DDR4, etc.) and tweaking settings, but this is something we are going to learn in the future. In any case, the new LG gram laptops might be not only one of the most compact mobile PCs around, but also among the longest-lasting ones.

The LG Gram 2018 Brief Specifications
  13.3"
13Z980
14"
14Z980
15.6"
15Z950
Screen Resolution 1920×1080?
Touch Support Optional, LG's IPS In-Cell Touch technology
CPU Family 8th generation Core i5/i7 processors
Model Core i5-8250U - 4C/8T, 1.6 - 3.4 GHz, 6 MB cache, HD Graphics 620 at 1.1 GHz, 15 W
Core i5-8350U - 4C/8T, 1.7 - 3.6 GHz, 6 MB cache, HD Graphics 620 at 1.1 GHz, 15 W
Core i7-8550U - 4C/8T, 1.8 - 4.0 GHz, 8 MB cache, HD Graphics 620 at 1.15 GHz, 15 W
Core i7-8650U - 4C/8T, 1.9 - 4.2 GHz, 8 MB cache, HD Graphics 620 at 1.15 GHz, 15 W
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 620
RAM 8 GB
16 GB
Storage 256 GB SSD
512 GB SSD
1 TB SSD (?)
+ 1 extra M.2 slot for SSD
Wi-Fi 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with BT
USB 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C or Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3 Optional
Fingerprint Sensor Optional
Audio Microphone, 1.5 W stereo speakers with DTS Headphone: X enhancement
Other I/O MicroSDXC card reader
Battery 72 Wh
Battery Life 22.5 hours 21.5 hours 19 hours
Thickness Thin
Weight 965 grams
2.12 lbs
995 grams
2.19 lbs
1095 grams
2.41 lbs

LG plans to start selling its 2018 gram laptops sometimes next month in the U.S. Pricing is not announced at this time.

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  • deepblue08 - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    That laptop actually looks really good! Reply
  • Manch - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    I looked up the 2017 models. The 13.3 goes for $799 on Amazon. If the 2018 models follow suit then I really dont see the point of WoA. Same price as the upper tier novago, comparable battery life. Runs everything native. WRT 2.0 is looking to be a bust. Reply
  • Manch - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    And yeah, looks like a decent laptop but I am curious about the wether or not its lpddr3 or ddr4 and if the former how much of a hit is it and if its a meaningful hit. Reply
  • IntelUser2000 - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    There won't be a big difference between LPDDR3 and DDR4 in terms of performance. The 8th Gen mobile chips support LPDDR3-2133 or DDR4-2400. That's 12.5% difference in peak bandwidth. The 2-3% or so performance it may show in certain applications can easily be overshadowed by how good or bad the system design is. Reply
  • euskalzabe - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    Indeed. I was considering the Asus UX330UA, but for $800 this is a better deal just for the battery life - and a way better deal than the Novago which I was also considering. Spring 2018 is shaping up to be exciting with options for those of us in need of an upgrade. Reply
  • Manch - Sunday, December 17, 2017 - link

    I have the ASUS UX501V. I absolutely love it. I thought about a 13" but I like having a numpad. and despite being a 15" its quite portable, and it has a DGPU. The ASUS are well built. Battery Life is great too but yeah, these LG Grams are impressive. I'm just not away from a plug long enough to need it. Can't wait till they come out so I can see some comparos. Reply
  • lmcd - Saturday, December 16, 2017 - link

    I would be surprised if these debuted below $1k. Also, WoA is aiming for that battery life while on LTE, which I'm not sure is comparable, since I don't know how much power Intel's LTE solution requires. Reply
  • tuxRoller - Saturday, December 16, 2017 - link

    It looks nice but there are a few things that stand out as problematic:
    1) the huge gap between the touchpad and the chassis
    2) only one usb-c port and that doesn't appear to employ the PD 2.0 spec, so, it's going to have a dedicated port for power
    3) relatively low resolution screen - even at 13.3", I find 1080p to be too pixelated

    Despite those things, this is still the best spec'd laptop I've seen for awhile.
    Reply
  • peevee - Monday, December 18, 2017 - link

    Agree. Nice battery, not too much battery-eating resolution, right CPUs, no battery-eating gaming GPU, m.2 slot, MicroSD slot... everything in place. Reply
  • shabby - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    Rip Snapdragon laptops... Reply

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