Laptops and hybrid devices are already ridiculous thin and light, so just how light can they get? A lot lighter… At CES 2015, Lenovo is introducing the new LaVie Z series, a 13-inch laptop at 1.72 pounds and a 13-inch hybrid, very similar to the Yoga, at 2.04 pounds.
When you hold one of these new Windows PCs, you will think, you’re holding a “dummy laptop” you’ll find at Wal-Mart, but these are real computers. Even more, the popular MacBook Air at 2.96 pounds and the Yoga 3 Pro at 2.6 pounds will feel bulkier and heavier.
Getting the LaVie Z series comes from a partnership between Lenovo and NEC since 2011, where the two companies agreed to build NEC-branded Windows PCs only for the Japanese market. The two new devices will be the first sold outside of Japan.
There are two versions, the LaVie Z HZ550 and the LaVie Z HZ750 Yoga-like convertible, and they both bring the weight down thanks to the a new magnesium-lithium chassis, which is 50 percent lighter than aluminum and strong as magnesium alloy.
As for tech specs, both feature a screen resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, they will include Intel’s 5th generation Core series processors, commonly known as “Broadwell”. The LaVie Z HZ550 comes with a Core i5 processor, while the HZ7750 is configurable with up to a Core i7 processor. Both include a 128GB SSD as standard internal storage.
The laptop also gets 4GB of RAM, two USB 3.0, HDMI out, SD Card, audio jack, 4-cell 29.6 Wh battery with an estimated 7-8 hours of video playback.
The hybrid gets the same ports, but it doubles the RAM to 8GB, 6-cell 44.4 Wh battery with an estimated 7-8 hours of video playback.
The LaVie Z HZ550 laptop will have a starting price of $1,299 and the HZ750, Yoga-style convertible, will start at $1,499. Lenovo plans to release both devices in the US in May. Japan is also getting these models sometime in the spring, however the pricing will be different.