LG’s new ‘Gram’ laptop lineup promises up to 24 hours of use on a single charge

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As expected, LG Electronics revealed its updated line of LG Gram laptops after some of the details were spilled just before Christmas. The big deal with this refresh is that not only has LG stuffed seventh-generation Intel processors into these laptops, but batteries capable of up to 24 hours of use on a single charge. That is a bold claim, but the company states that its LG Chem branch is using new materials in the batteries it’s producing, enabling the long lifespans.

News of the refresh stem out of LG Electronics in South Korea and lists eight models spanning 15.6, 14, and 13.3-inch form factors. There are actually two sets of LG Gram laptops: one “Alligram” group weighing between 2.07 pounds and 2.40 pounds, and an ultra-light “Glimmer” group with devices weighing from 1.82 pounds to 2.16 pounds.

Here are the refreshed laptops in the first Alligram group:

15Z970-GA75K 14Z970-GA5HK 13Z970-GR30K 13ZD970-GX3PK
Size: 15.6 inches 14 inches 13.3 inches 13.3 inches
Panel type: IPS IPS IPS IPS
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 1,920 x 1,080 1,920 x 1,080 1,920 x 1,080
Processor: Core i7-7500U Core i5-7200U Core i3-7100U Core i3-7100U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
620
Intel HD Graphics
620
Intel HD Graphics
620
Intel HD Graphics
620
Memory: 16GB DDR4
@2,133MHz
(8GB x 2)
8GB DDR4
@ 2,133MHz
(8GB + one open)
4GB DDR4
@ 2,133MHz
(4GB + one open)
8GB DDR4
@ 2,133MHz
(4GB x 2)
Storage: 512GB SSD 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 256GB SSD
Connectivity: Wireless AC
(2×2)
Wireless AC
(2×2)
Wireless AC
(2×2)
Wireless AC
(2×2)
Weight: 2.40 pounds 2.13 pounds 2.07 pounds 2.07 pounds
Color: Snow Pearl White Snow Pearl White Snow Pearl White Metal Pink
Ports: HDMI
USB Type-C
USB 3.0
HDMI
USB Type-C
USB 3.0
HDMI
USB Type-C
USB 3.0
HDMI
USB Type-C
USB 3.0
Battery: 60 Watt-hour 60 Watt-hour 60 Watt-hour 60 Watt-hour
Max battery usage: 22 hours 23 hours 24 hours 24 hours
OS: Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home Unknown
Price: $2,049 $1,480 $1,279 $1,187

LG Electronics labels this group as Alligram, which is apparently short for “All Day Gram.” The company doesn’t explain what exactly makes the 60 Watt-hour battery so special in this group, only stating that owners won’t need to carry a heavy charger or hunt down an electrical outlet in coffee shops. The company adds that these batteries feature fast charging too, coughing up three hours of use after charging for merely 20 minutes and up to 10 hours after charging for a single hour.

In addition to a new battery, LG Electronics also improved the internal cooling system by optimizing the blade structure of the cooling fan. The fan is based on a material that causes less sound, thus the laptop only reaches up to 30 decibels (dB). The fan is also 40 percent larger than the one used in the previous generation and the passageways that send the heat outward are twice as large too.

Other notable features with the Alligram group include backlighting in the keyboard that can be switched on and off, optional fingerprint readers, and optional touchscreens. The company notes that this group will actually offer three colors instead of the two listed above — Snow Pearl White, Dark Silver, and Metal Pink.

Now here are the four ultra-light Glimmer models:

15Z970-EA50K 14Z970-EA50K 13Z970-ER3NK 13ZD970-EX3PK
Size: 15.6 inches 14 inches 13.3 inches 13.3 inches
Panel type: IPS IPS IPS IPS
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 1,920 x 1,080 1,920 x 1,080 1,920 x 1,080
Processor: Core i5-7200U Core i5-7200U Core i3-7100U Core i3-7100U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
620
Intel HD Graphics
620
Intel HD Graphics
620
Intel HD Graphics
620
Memory: 8GB DDR4
@2,133MHz
(8GB + one open)
8GB DDR4
@ 2,133MHz
(8GB + one open)
4GB DDR4
@ 2,133MHz
(4GB + one open)
8GB DDR4
@ 2,133MHz
(4GB x 2)
Storage: 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 180GB SSD 256GB SSD
Connectivity: Wireless AC
(2×2)
Wireless AC
(2×2)
Wireless AC
(2×2)
Wireless AC
(2×2)
Weight: 2.16 pounds 1.89 pounds 1.82 pounds 1.82 pounds
Color: Snow Pearl White Snow Pearl White Metal Pink Metal Pink
Ports: HDMI
USB Type-C
USB 3.0
HDMI
USB Type-C
USB 3.0
HDMI
USB Type-C
USB 3.0
HDMI
USB Type-C
USB 3.0
Battery: 34 Watt-hour 34 Watt-hour 34 Watt-hour 34 Watt-hour
OS: Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home Unknown
Price: $1,530 $1,446 $1,196 $1,137

As the specs show, the thinner form factor required LG Electronics to swap out the special 60 Watt-hour battery for a 34 Watt-hour version. There are no seventh-generation Core i7 processor in this group, there is not a 512GB SSD option, nor is there a model that ships with 16GB of system memory. Otherwise, these four units are similar in features. Of course, that could change when LG’s updated Gram notebooks begin to ship.

As the charts above show, the Alligram group will range between $1,187 and $2,049 whereas the Glimmer group will range from $1,137 to $1,530. All these numbers are converted from South Korean Won, so they may change when the units arrive in North America. Currently, they are set to hit store shelves in the first half of 2017, so there could be adjustments in the pricing before then.

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