Thin-and-light notebooks with a 17-inch display are rather rare, as most 17-inch laptops are intended to be high performance desktop replacement-class machines. LG’s gram 17 has been a stand-out in that respect, targeting users seeking primarily for a sleek and lightweight PC. This week LG has introduced an updated gram 17 that retains its thin-and-light form-factor, but improves on its predecessor in almost every way possible when it comes to performance.

The new LG gram 17 comes in the company’s signature white or grey chassis made of carbon magnesium alloy that is only 17.4 mm thick. The laptop weighs 1.35 kilograms (2.98 pounds), which is in-line with the weight of a typical 13-incher, yet packs a 17.3-inch IPS display with a 2560×1600 resolution.

Inside the updated LG gram 17 notebook is Intel’s 10th Generation Core processor (Ice Lake) with up to Iris Plus Graphics. This is paired with up to 24 GB of DDR4-3200 memory as well as up to two M.2 NVMe SSDs. To cool down the high-end CPU, the manufacturer equipped its system with its Mega Cooling System, though we do not know peculiarities. By using a processor with a beefy integrated GPU and installing up to 24 GB of memory along with up to two PCIe SSDs, LG clearly makes its 2020 gram 17 a lot more powerful than its Core i7-8565U based predecessor.

As far as connectivity is concerned, the 2020 LG gram 17 is equipped with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 for wireless comms. In addition, it has a Thunderbolt 3 port, three USB 3.1 ports, an HDMI output, a microSD/UFS slot, and a 3.5-mm audio jack for headsets. When it comes to multimedia features, the notebook has a webcam, DTX X Ultra-badged speakers, and a microphone array. Last but not least, the laptop has a fingerprint reader.

LG’s new gram 17 laptop comes with a rather massive 80-Wh battery and while the manufacturer does not publish specific battery life figures, paired with an Ice Lake-U chip it should be enough for at least a day.

Specifications of the 2020 LG gram 17
  17Z90N
different products will offer different configs
LCD Diagonal 17.3"
Resolution | Brightness | Features 2560×1600, IPS
Wide viewing angles
Color Gamut 96% sRGB
Touch Support ?
Protective Glass ?
CPU 10th Generation Intel Core
Graphics UHD Graphics or Iris Plus Graphics
RAM up to 24 GB DDR4-3200 (onboard + SO-DIMM)
Storage two M.2 NVMe SSDs
Wireless: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE, NFC, and GPS options Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth
USB Type-A 3 × USB 3.1
Type-C 1 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 (via TB3)
Thunderbolt 1 × Thunderbolt
Card Reader microSD/UFS
Camera Front Webcam
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, TRRS audio jack
Other Sensors ?
Battery 80 Wh
Dimensions Width 380.6 mm | 14.98 inches
  Depth 262.6 mm | 10.34 inches
  Thickness 17.4 mm | 0.69 inches
Weight 1.35 kilograms | 2.98 pounds
Launch Price ?

LG will start sales of its next-generation gram 17 notebook sometimes in early 2020. Expect to see the company reveal more about the laptop at CES.

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Source: LG

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  • Alistair - Thursday, December 12, 2019 - link

    nice the one thing i was waiting for Reply
  • p1esk - Thursday, December 12, 2019 - link

    This seems to be a good update (better CPU + better cooling), unfortunately speakers are still very bad - not only they are only 1.5W each, probably the cheapest speakers they could find, they are also downward firing, so the laptop must be placed on a hard surface when watching movies. Otherwise it's just not loud enough. Basically, if you intend to use it for multimedia, use headphones. Reply
  • prime2515103 - Thursday, December 12, 2019 - link

    LG makes laptops? Reply
  • HStewart - Thursday, December 12, 2019 - link

    Is this CPU the same as Dell XPS 13 2in1 2019 version or does this have upgraded IceLake CPU - information does not indicated what the CPU - I am curious what 2020's IceLake;s will be like. Reply
  • WPX00 - Thursday, December 12, 2019 - link

    http://www.lgnewsroom.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/...
    this photoshop is hilariously bad
    Reply
  • HardwareDufus - Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - link

    What? Your foreman doesn't morph around glass bowls like that?

    It is a hilarious photoshop... I guess Marketing thought, "you know what would help sell this 2 in 1 better? a brother cooking! Hey Artwork, See if you can paint a man over Rachel Ray!"
    Reply
  • yetanotherhuman - Friday, December 13, 2019 - link

    I always thought 17" was too big, but this is incredibly sleek. Very impressive, and I'm loving the return of the classic high end 16:10 2560x1600 screen Reply
  • keith3000 - Friday, December 13, 2019 - link

    Agreed. 16:10 screens are worth their weight in gold, especially at the 2560x1600 resolution. I'd take this over a 4K screen anytime. My old eyes would never be able to appreciate the extra pixels. All it would do is drain the battery faster. Reply
  • konbala - Sunday, December 15, 2019 - link

    Been waiting for Ice Lake refresh since I got my wife the Gram 17 2019 edition, because... it is a REALLY NICE laptop indeed.

    P.S Gonna add a GTX2070 eGPU for home desktop use, I am never more complete...
    Reply
  • 0x1874DE4C - Monday, December 16, 2019 - link

    24GB max RAM eh? Please say it isn't one soldered 8GB with a slot for up to 16GB. Because a) that isn't enough, and b) it means single channel mode.

    I was hoping for 2 sockets this time.
    Reply

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