Lavie Z ultralights with IGZO screens coming to USA via Lenovo

Updated on 06 January 2015

The NEC LaVie series of Ultrabooks has always led in terms of weight. The latest model, the LaVie GZ was the lightest yet and when I say light I mean as light as an 8-inch tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard. This 13.3-inch Ultrabook weighs just 794 grams. The problem is that it’s only available in Japan. Lenovo and NEC are set to change that with a distribution deal that sees two new LaVie PCs under 1KG heading out of Japan to the USA.

Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550

Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550

The Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550 is a 13.3-inch laptop that weighs just  1.72-lbs (780 grams.) The Lenovo LaVie Z HZ750 is a 13-in convertible Yoga-style laptop at just 2.04-lbs (925 grams.)

The incredibly low weight is achieved by using a magnesium-lithium material for the casing and a direct-bonded touchscreen (on the HZ570) which doesn’t have the glass covering that most touchscreens do. Obviously these aren’t cheap ultralights and there’s a point of note in the battery capacity of the HZ550 which is low at 29.6Wh so you’ll need to bring the charger.  The convertible has a larger, 44.4Wh battery.

The Sharp IGZO screen could be interesting. For more information on that read this article from 2013 at Ultrabooknews.

Watch a hands-on video with the HZ750 below.

The two devices will be available in Spring in the USA with the laptop-style HZ550 starting at $1,299 and the touch-convertible HZ570 starting at $1,499 via Lenovo’s website. The two new models will also be available in Japan in the Spring. No other country deals were announced.

Lavie Z570Lavie Z HZ550 and H570 Features and Specifications

  • World’s lightest 13.3” laptop (HZ550 1.72 lbs.) and convertible (HZ750 2.04 lbs.)
  • Built with Super light Magnesium-Lithium (Mg-Li) Alloy case
  • HZ550 laptop180-degree lay flat hinge or HZ750 360-degree hinge
  • Vibrant 13.3 wide QHD or Full HD power saving IGZO panel
  • Specialized Film type light Touch screen, exclusive “Forged” case engineering technique
  • Unique chassis design with  keyboard and panel built-in and direct bonding of frameless touch panel.
  • Processor: Up to 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor for HZ750 and Core™ i5 for HZ550
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 Upgrade
  • Display/Resolution: HZ550 – 13.3inch LED (non-touch) Anti-Glare (WQHD) / HZ750 – 13.3inch LED (touch panel) (WQHD/FHD)
  • Video Graphics: Intel® HD Integrated Graphics
  • Memory: HZ550 – LPDDR3 4GB / HZ750 – LPDDR3 4GB/8GB
  • Storage: 128 GB SSD
  • Ports: USB 3.0×2, HDMI out, SD card, Headphone Jack
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 11ac & BT 4.0
  • Camera/MIC: HD (720p), Stereo mic
  • Battery HZ550 : 4cell battery (29.6Wh) / HZ750 : 6cell battery (44.4Wh)
  • Weight: HZ550 – 1.72-lbs. / HZ750 – 2.04-lbs.
  • Dimensions: HZ550 – 319(W)×212(D)×16.9(H) mm / HZ750 – 319 ( W)×217(D)×16.9 ( H) mm

 

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