LG has announced its 2021 series of Gram laptops, which has a new design as well as some internal upgrades. There are five models. They include three seashells (Gram 17, Gram 16 and Gram 14) as well as two convertible models (Gram 2-in-1 16 and Gram 2-in-1 14).
LG has not changed the signature features of the Gram lineup. LG Gram laptops are known to be incredibly light (hence the name “Gram”). Gram 17 is only 2.98 pounds, the same weight as its predecessor. It’s very unusual to see a 17-inch laptop under three pounds, and to use a real rotator with your mind – I always felt like I had nothing with me when I held the 2020 model, because I expected it to feel so much heavier. Gram 1
Another great feature of the 2020 Gram 17, which has transferred to the 2021 model, was the 16:10 screen. It provides more vertical space than a traditional 16: 9 panel. In addition, LG says that the new clamshell models have a new “four-sided slim frame design” that achieves a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent. As can be seen from the pictures LG gave, the frames look quite small, which gives the whole thing a nice modern atmosphere.
LG also says that the keyboard and touchpad have been expanded “for comfort and efficiency.”
The most important upgrades are in. All of the new Gram laptops have Intel’s 11th generation core processors and can come with Iris Xe graphics or UHD graphics. All models are also certified through Intel’s Evo program, which is an Intel brand intended to certify that the laptop can have at least nine hours of battery life, wake up quickly from sleep and other features.
LG claims that you can watch up to 19.5 hours from Gram 17, Gram 16 and 16 2-in-1. This is a requirement I would usually be skeptical of, but I would say that the Gram 17 in 2020 had some of the longest battery life I saw from a laptop last year. It lasted about 10 hours of my daily workload (which is quite intense). So LG knows what they are doing when it comes to efficiency and there is reason for optimism.
“Synonymous with outstanding portability and first-class performance, the LG gram brand continues to raise the bar for the ultra-light and sleek notebook market,” said Jang Ik-hwan, LG senior vice president and head of the company’s IT business unit in a statement. “With its sleeker, more refined design and 16:10 screen format while maintaining its light weight, our latest LG gram series gives consumers the opportunity to enjoy better productivity and more immersive viewing experiences wherever they go.”
Prices and availability are still to be announced.