LG Gram 16 and 17 unveiled with 12th gen Intel CPUs, optional Nvidia RTX 2050 GPUMarch 21, 2022
The LG Gram laptops from last year arrived with 11th gen Intel processors and relied on the Iris Xe iGPUs. Now the company has unveiled upgraded laptops that feature 12th gen Intel processors and optional dedicated Nvidia RTX 2050 graphics.
There are two versions – LG Gram 16 and 17 (referring to the screen size in inches). Both feature 16:10 displays (2,560 x 1,600 px), IPS LCDs with 99% coverage of DCI-P3 and an anti-glare coating.
16″ or 17″ IPS LCDs with 2,560 x 1,600 px resolution and 99% DCI-P3 coverage
The 17” model comes with either an Intel Core i5 (i5-1240P) or an i7 (i7-1260P), the 16” one is only available with an i5. Some models rely on the Iris Xe iGPU, others are equipped with up to an RTX 2050.
As their name suggests, both laptops are quite light – the 16” one is 1,285g (with eGPU), the 17” one is 1,435g. And this is with a large 90 Wh battery built in, as large as you get get on an airplane. Note that the 90 Wh batteries are for laptops with Nvidia GPUs, the ones with only an iGPU get 80 Wh batteries. Either way, charging is done at 65W.
LG claims a 70% speed increase over the previous generation for the new Core i7 model (12th gen vs. 11th gen). Also, the laptops are equipped with PCIe 4.0 x4 SSDs, which are 22% faster. SSD capacity starts at 256 GB, both sizes also have an additional expansion slot.
RAM capacity starts at 8 GB and goes up to 32 GB, but you have to decide before hitting the “buy” button – the LPDDR5 RAM is soldered on the motherboard.
The 12th generation Intel processor is up to 70% faster than the 11th gen, says LG
Connectivity includes two USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 ports with Thunderbolt 4 and USB Power Delivery. There is also a full-size HDMI and a 3.5 mm headphone jack, plus a microSD card reader. Wireless connectivity features Wi-Fi 6E (an Intel AX2111 2×2 card) and Bluetooth 5.1.
A fairly complete set of wired connections
LG has prepared some neat tricks using the webcam and AI. If you use a second display, like the LG Gram+View portable monitor pictured below, it can move the mouse cursor from one screen to the other, following your gaze. Another feature keeps an eye for people behind you and will automatically dim the screen to prevent peeping.
LG Gram and a matching Gram+View portable monitor (runs off the laptop’s USB-C port)
The new LG Gram 16 and 17 will be available in South Korea starting in April. The LG Gram 16 (i5/16 GB/256 GB) will start at KRW 2.29 million ($1,885/€1,700), the LG Gram 17 (i6/16 GB/256 GB) will start at KRW 2.39 million ($1,970/€1,780).
Pre-orders for the Grams will run from April 11th to the 21st and ordering in that period nets you a free Gram+View portable monitor, a Gram mouse, plus other goodies including the 2022 Gram Office Value Pack.
LG Gram (2022) colorways
It’s not clear when the new Gram models will be available outside of Korea, but the 2021 models launched in the US only a month after they were unveiled in their home country.
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