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LG shows off a 17-inch gram laptop and 2-in-1 convertible at CES 2019 (Updated)

By Koh Wanzi & Vijay Anand - on 12 Jan 2019, 3:27pm

LG shows off a 17-inch gram laptop and 2-in-1 convertible at CES 2019

LG gram 17

The rumors were true after all. The LG gram 17 is coming, and we got to see it at CES 2019. The ultra-light gram series is also getting its first 2-in-1 model, so there's now a lot more options for customers who want a larger screen or more flexibility than what the existing gram laptops offer.

LG gram 17 - setting the standard for portable 17-inch notebooks

The LG gram 17 will feature the newest 8th-generation Intel processors, which means the Whiskey Lake chips that were released in August. We are not too sure if  that's best for processing power, but what we can guess is that it these new processors will do well in the battery life department. The 17-inch IPS display boasts a 2,560 x 1,600-pixel resolution and a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is supposedly better for image and video editing, according to LG. 

That's a pretty large screen - great for productivity needs. There's a lot of empty space around the keyboard and we wonder if they could have added extra speakers or a wider trackpad, etc..

The taller aspect ratio also makes it easier to view documents, so LG looks to be setting up the gram 17 to be a powerful productivity machine with a long lasting battery life.

In addition, it'll come equipped with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and a 512GB SSD. There will be an extra slot for a second SSD however, so you can increase your onboard storage quite easily up to 1TB. 

LG gram 17

Like the rest of the gram series, battery life was a focus here as well. The gram 17 is equipped with a 72Wh battery that LG says is good for up to 19.5 hours of use. It is also tough, and it reportedly adheres to MIL-STD-810G standards, which includes tests against things like shock, dust, and extreme temperatures. 

But the defining thing about the gram series has always been its freakishly light weight, and the gram 17 is no different. It weighs a mere 1.34kg, making it the lightest 17-inch laptop around now. On top of that, it measures 17.4mm thick, which is pretty slim for a notebook its size. Despite these impressive specs, the notebook doesn't actually feel as light as one would expect it to be, mostly because of the large surface area as it's a 17-inch notebook. But rest assured, there is no other notebook with this screen size that is anywhere remotely near what the gram 17 boasts in the portability department.

When it comes to connectivity options, LG has included a Thunderbolt 3 port for speedy file transfers of up to 40Gbps. There will also be three USB 3.1 ports, an HDMI output, and a microSD card slot. You'll also get all the other features common to the newest gram notebooks such as fingerprint reader integrated with the power  button for a one-touch login, backlit keyboard, LG's Reader mode function and even DTS Headphone:X virtual surround audio over headphones.

The gram 17 will be available in Singapore by the end of May and is priced at S$2,799. For more information on the gram 17 and the rest of the gram family, click here.

A quick look at how the 14-inch gram notebooks in the background compare in size with the 17-inch gram notebooks in the foreground.

LG gram 2-in-1 - Making convertibles truly ultraportable

Moving on, the new LG gram 2-in-1 is a 14-inch convertible that weighs just 1.145kg. It will feature Intel's 8th-generation processors, up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB SSD. The touchscreen IPS display has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, and it's covered by a sheet of Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

LG gram 2-in-1

The large 72Wh battery is supposedly good for up to 21 hours of use, so you should be able to get a full day's use out of it. On top of that, the 360-degree hinge lets it flip over into tablet mode easily, and it also comes with a Wacom AES 2.0 Pen with 4,096 pressure levels and tilt detection for sketching and note-taking. 

There's no Thunderbolt 3 port here though, but you do get a USB-C connector and two USB 3.1 ports.

For more details and photos, we've a hands-on article for the new LG gram 2-in-1.

Both the gram 17 and 2-in-1 will be available later this year and we'll update this space as soon as we get wind of its availability.