The Razer Blade line of notebooks has always been impressive with how much power they can pack into a relatively thin package, but they've never been able to call themselves true Ultrabooks until now. At CES 2016 in Las Vegas, the brand new Razer Blade Stealth was unveiled to the world, offering "premium configurations at a lower price" than the competition.
The main design of the Razer Blade Stealth follows the path laid out by its predecessors with the matte black finish and RGB keyboard. Touted as the ultimate Ultrabook, the Razer Blade Stealth gets (up to) a 12.5-inch 4K display, Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of dual-channel RAM, and PCIe SSD technology for the fastest speeds available. And all of this gets shoehorned into a package that's just 0.52 inches thick and 2.75 pounds.
Of course, it's still "just an Ultrabook" and probably won't provide the high-end gaming experience that Razer enthusiasts really desire. And that's where the optional Razer Core comes into play. It almost looks like a desktop tower on its own, but the Razer Core is designed to provide the Razer Blade Stealth with access to true desktop graphics when you're docked at home. This connects via Thunderbolt 3.
Pricing on the Razer Blade Stealth ranges from $999 to $1,599, depending on the configuration, and it'll ship later this month from the Razer Store. The price for the Razer Core is yet to be determined and it'll be available some time in the first half of this year. Check out the images, video and press release below for more information, including detailed specs on both the Blade Stealth and the Core.
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RAZER LAUNCHES THE ULTIMATE ULTRABOOK: ULTRA-PORTABILITY, MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE AND UNBEATABLE VALUE
Razer plans to disrupt the PC industry by offering a new direct-to-consumer laptop model where the Razer Blade Stealth will be sold with premium configurations at a lower price points than competitors
LAS VEGAS (CES 2016) – Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the ultimate Ultrabook™, the Razer Blade Stealth. Featuring an incredibly sleek form factor, the latest Intel Core i7 processor and a stunning 4K display, the ultra-thin notebook also gives gamers the option of unprecedented desktop-level gaming performance with the help of the Razer Core via Thunderbolt™ 3.
Razer is also planning on disrupting the entire PC industry with an innovative new direct-to-consumer model that allows the new Razer Blade Stealth to be sold with premium configurations, but at a lower price point relative to the competition.
The Razer Blade Stealth measures 0.52 inches thin and weighs just 2.75 pounds. Razer’s latest chassis is CNC-milled out of aircraft grade aluminum, providing a sleek yet solid design. Its 12.5-in. touch display comes in two resolutions: an Ultra HD variant with an eye-dazzling 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution and 100 percent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, and a Quad HD (2560 x 1440) resolution version. Both displays are touch-enabled and feature wide viewing angles and high-color saturation to display content with striking clarity and accuracy.
To power both models, Razer’s award-winning design team equipped the Razer Blade Stealth with the latest 6th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor. PCIe SSD technology offers up to three times faster speeds than traditional solid-state drives. All models will feature 8 GB of dual-channel system memory, providing a combination of components that offer high performance in an extremely portable form factor. Additionally, Thunderbolt™ 3 provides remarkable connectivity via the Blade Stealth’s compact USB-C port at speeds of up to 40 Gbps, the fastest, most versatile link to any dock, display or data device.
The Razer Blade Stealth base model will start at $999, while the highest-end version will sell for $1,599. By way of its direct-to-consumer program, the Razer Blade Stealth is priced significantly less than comparable systems from other manufacturers. Available through Razer’s physical and online stores, pre-orders are open now and units will ship in January. In February, the Razer Blade Stealth availability will be expanded to Microsoft Stores.
The Razer Blade Stealth’s hardcore gaming chops are unlocked via the plug-and-play external desktop graphics enclosure, the Razer Core. A single Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) cable supplies both data and power and is all it takes to connect Razer’s Ultrabook with the Razer Core. The device can accommodate virtually every popular desktop graphics card from both AMD® and NVIDIA®. Physical installation of GPUs takes seconds with the Razer Core—its durable aluminum housing slides open effortlessly and a single screw can secure the graphics card in place. Razer’s solution helps future-proof systems, as graphics cards are easily swappable as new components become available.
Bringing desktop-level graphics and 4K external display output to an Ultrabook is only part of the latest systems solution from Razer. The Razer Core contains four additional USB 3.0 ports and Ethernet connectivity. Plug-and-play support with validated graphics cards allows for quick connections without the need to reboot the PC. It is now easier than ever to transform a thin and light notebook into a desktop experience.
“Before today, gamers needed a portable system for everyday work and a separate desktop computer to power their PC games at the highest level possible,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “For the first time ever, there is no need for two separate systems. The Razer Blade Stealth offers the portability of an Ultrabook with the scalability to play hardcore games with desktop graphics performance thanks to the Razer Core. Furthermore, the Razer Blade Stealth starts at just $999, which is significantly lower than any other comparable laptop in its class.”
In addition, the Razer Blade Stealth will be the first laptop in the world equipped with individually backlit RGB keys. Millions of color options for the keyboard are available thanks to Razer’s Chroma technology. All Razer Chroma products – which include mice, keyboards, headsets and a mouse mat – feature 16.8 million customizable colors and a range of effects such as spectrum cycling, breathing, reactive and more, enabled through Razer’s Synapse software. Synapse allows synchronizing lighting colors and patterns between Chroma devices with the click of a button. An SDK is available for developers to integrate effects in-game, and it is already supported by AAA game titles including Call of Duty® and Overwatch™.
The Razer Blade Stealth joins the Company’s storied line of systems products. The 14-inch Razer Blade and 17-inch Razer Blade Pro set the industry benchmark for power and portability, redefining what a gaming laptop could be. At past Consumer Electronics shows, Razer won official “Best of CES” awards with the Razer Switchblade, Project Fiona and Project Christine concepts. The Razer Edge tablet won the CES “Best of Show” in 2013, besting a field of more than 20,000 electronic devices at the world’s most prestigious tech tradeshow.
Razer Blade Stealth: Starts at $999
Razer Core: Price not yet available
Razer Blade Stealth:
12.5 in. IGZO 16:9 aspect ratio, capacitive multi-touch display
QHD (2560 x 1440)
o 128 GB / 256GB PCIe SSD options
UHD (3840 x 2160)
o 256 GB / 512 GB PCIe SSD options
Intel® Core™ i7-6500U Dual-Core Processor (2.5 GHz / 3.1 GHz)
Intel® HD Graphics 520
128 GB / 256 GB PCIe SSD options (QHD display models)
256 GB / 512 GB PCIe SSD options (UHD display models)
8 GB Dual-Channel System Memory (LPDDR3-1866MHz)
Windows® 10 (64-bit)
Wireless-AC (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.1)
Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C)
USB 3.0 port x 2 (SuperSpeed)
Built-in webcam (2.0 MP)
Chroma anti-ghosting keyboard with individually backlit keys
HDMI 1.4b audio and video output
Built-in stereo speakers
3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port
Built-in array microphone
Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
Compact 45 W USB-C power adapter
Built-in 45 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
0.52 in. / 13.1 mm (Height) x 12.6 in. / 321 mm (Width) x 8.1 in. / 206 mm (Depth)
2.75 lbs. / 1.25 kg
Connection to PC via Thunderbolt™ 3 using included 40Gbps cable
Supports single double-wide, full-length, PCI-Express x16 graphics card
GPU max dimensions – 5.98 in. / 152 mm (Height) x 1.73 in. / 44 mm (Width) x 12.20
in. / 310 mm (Length)
GPU max power support – 375 W
USB 3.0 port x 4 (SuperSpeed)
Gigabyte Ethernet (10/100/1000)
Chroma lighting (2 zones)
Built-in 500 W power supply
8.6 in. / 218.4 mm (Height) x 4.13 in. / 104.9 mm (Width) x 13.38 in. / 339.9 mm