Razer Blade Stealth 13 turns white and adds Intel Ice Lake

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Razer’s refresh of its Stealth Blade 13 ultraportable laptop skates fall on Intel Ice Lake 10nm processors with a Core i7-1065G7 U-series quad-core processor, a Mercury White alternative to basic black (and pink!) and new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 discrete graphics to replace its MX150 option.

The white version replaces the entry-level model at a slightly higher price – $ 1,500 instead of $ 1,400 (based on current prices, that means it will likely cost £ 1,400 and AU $ 2,549. UK and Australia) – and like all models get a 16GB RAM boost and include the same factory-calibrated sRGB displays as before. Razer claims that the Iris Plus integrated graphics in the i7-1068G7 chip deliver roughly equivalent performance to the MX150 that it incorporated into previous high-end models. Razer runs the processor at full power of 25 watts, without reducing as we will see in some systems.

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If you followed Intel Project Athena Developments, it meets the same requirements although it is not certified, thanks to an increase in battery life of around 10 hours, compared to 6.8 hours tested. Now it looks even more like a Alternative to MacBook Air than before.

The two top-of-the-line models, one with a 1080p display and the other with a 4K touchscreen, both have a 512 GB SSD; previously only the 4K model did. As mentioned earlier, they incorporate the GTX 1650, which performs pretty much the same as the GTX 1060 – so definitely a graphics improvement over the old MX150, although it’s still only occasionally capable of achieve 60 frames per second or more at 1080p. The mid-size model will cost $ 1,800 ($ 100 more than before) and the top-of-the-line model $ 2,000. Based on current prices, they’re likely to cost £ 1,600 and £ 1,800, or AU $ 2,879 and $ 3,399.

All should be shipped by the end of September.

Correction, September 15: A previous version of this story implied that it was a Project Athena certified laptop. This is not the case.

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