Haswell Laptop specs! NEC LaVie L to launch in Japan

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards, Processors, Systems, Mobile | May 14, 2013 - 03:54 PM |
Tagged: haswell, nec

While we are not sure when it will be released or whether it will be available for North America, we have found a Haswell laptop. Actually, NEC will release two products in this lineup: a high end 1080p unit and a lower end 1366x768 model. Unfortuantely, the article is in Japanese.

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IPS displays have really wide viewing angles, even top and bottom.

NEC is known for their higher-end monitors; most people equate the Dell Ultrasharp panels with professional photo and video production, but their top end offers are ofter a tier below the best from companies like NEC and Eizo. The laptops we are discussing today both contain touch-enabled IPS panels with apparently double the contrast ratio of what NEC considers standard. While these may or may not be the tip-top NEC offerings, they should at least be putting in decent screens.

Obviously the headliner for us is the introduction of Haswell. While we do not know exactly which product NEC decided to embed, we do know that they are relying upon it for their graphics performance. With the aforementioned higher-end displays, it seems likely that NEC is intending this device for the professional market. A price-tag of 190000 yen (just under $1900 USD) for the lower end and 200000 yen (just under $2000 USD) for the higher end further suggests this is their target demographic.

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Clearly a Japanese model.

The professional market does not exactly have huge requirements for graphics performance, but to explicitly see NEC trust Intel for their GPU performance is an interesting twist. Intel HD 4000 has been nibbling, to say the least, on the discrete GPU marketshare in laptops. I would expect this laptop would contain one of the BGA-based parts, which are soldered onto the motherboard, for the added graphics performance.

As a final note, the higher-end model will also contain a draft 802.11ac antenna. It is expected that network performance could be up to 867 megabits as a result.

Of course I could not get away without publishing the raw specifications:

LL850/MS (Price: 200000 yen):

  • Fourth-generation Intel Core processor with onboard video
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1TB HDD w/ 32GB SSD caching
  • BDXL (100-128GB BluRay disc) drive
  • IEEE 802.11ac WiFi adapter, Bluetooth 4.0
  • SDXC, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, USB3.0, 2x2W stereo Yamaha speakers
  • 1080p IPS display with touch support
  • Office Home and Business 2013 preinstalled?

LL750/MS (Price: 190000 yen):

  • Fourth-generation Intel Core processor with onboard video
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1TB HDD (no SSD cache)
  • (Optical disc support not mentioned)
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi adapter, Bluetooth 4.0
  • SDXC, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, USB3.0, 2x2W stereo Yamaha speakers
  • 1366x768 (IPS?) touch-enabled display
May 14, 2013 | 07:53 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

$1900-2 grand? No 19x10 display? No DEDICATED GPU at that price point?

I understand Haswell is supposed to perform at GT640/650M range but for what you get, that's waaaaaay overpriced.

Hope this isn't the trend for Haswell.

No thanks.

May 16, 2013 | 04:20 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Notebooks for the Japanese market are almost always much more expensive than they would be in North America

May 17, 2013 | 09:06 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

For that price, I could get a Macbook Retna Pro and have 2 thunderbolt ports also! What level of graphics, GT1,GT2,GT3, The speed of the DDR3 memory! Windows can be run on a Macbook Retna pro, what does the laptop have that makes it cost more that an 15' macbook retna pro, does it have access to some form of dark matter enegry source, and never needs to be plugged in! With Intel GPUs on any laptop without a descrete card, there is one question that always has to be asked, does this laptop have Generic Intel HD graphics drivers, from Intel, or are the Intel HD Graphics drivers customizied by the laptop's OEM, and therefor not updateable by Intel, 2 out of the 3 laptops, that I own, have never had their OEM MODDED Intel HD graphics drivers updated by the laptop's OEM! I have tried a have disk install of the Intel HD graphics drivers, but that has lead to stability problems! Has Intel's new CEO addressed this issue, I Know that the preivous Intel CEO, is sad he miss-called the Iphone CPU deal, but what About DriverGate! Intel and drivers, and lack of driver updates, will not play well with serious gamers!

May 17, 2013 | 02:42 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Fix Retna, change to Retina, Damn I can't spell!

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