LG to reveal new Ultra PC, Tab-Book2 and All-In-One PC at CES
By Nick Lavars
January 1, 2014
LG continues to attempt to beat the usual avalanche of announcements at CES by getting in early. After recently announcing a 105-in curved UHD TV and some UltraWide monitors, the company has revealed it will also have a new Ultra PC laptop, a couple of second-generation Tab-Book2 hybrid devices, and a new 27-in All-In-One (AIO) PC at next week's show.
The company has placed an emphasis on slimmer design for its new Ultra PC that weighs in at 980 g (2.2 lb) and measures 13.6 mm (0.5 in) at its thickest point. By way of comparison, Apple's 2013 13-inch Macbook Air weighs 1.35 kg (3 lb) and measures 17.3 mm (0.7 in) at its thickest.
The Ultra PC features a slim 4.4 mm (0.17 in) bezel, 13.3 inch Full HD display and "Reader Mode," enabling users to alter the background of the screen to resemble paper, a function that the company says will reduce both eye strain and energy consumption. Powered by a Haswell Intel Core i5 processor, the laptop also boasts a solid-state drive (SSD) and is available in both 128 GB and 256 GB models.
Two second-generation Tab-Book2s follow on from the original Tab-Book Ultra Z160 launched at CES last year. Both new models will be powered by an Intel Core i5 processor running Windows 8.1 on an 11.6-inch display and are optimized for 10-point touch control.
LG has managed to shave over 200 g (7.1 oz) off last year's offering, with the company's flagship Tab-Book2 11T740 model measuring 16.7 mm (0.65 in) thick and weighing 1.05 kg (2.3 lb), with a full HD IPS (In-Plane Switching) display and a maximum brightness of 400 nit lumens.
The company are yet to specify the display technology for the lighter 11T540 model, which measures 13.7 mm (0.53 in) thick and 930 g (2 lb) in weight.
Just like its predecessor, the Tab-Book2 switches between tablet and computer form courtesy of a sliding QWERTY keyboard that emerges from underneath the display through the touch of a button on the side of the device.
Also on show will be LG's 27-inch AIO PC, it too running Windows 8.1 on a full HD IPS display. The device is powered by an Intel Core CPU with a NVIDIA Geforce GT 740M graphics card and includes a picture-in-picture (PIP) feature, allowing for simultaneous television viewing and internet browsing. It includes a HDMI jack and a remote that can be used to switch the device from computer to TV mode without having to reboot the system.
LG is yet to provide pricing and availability information for the above devices, but we anticipate these details will be revealed at CES next week.