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Intel shows off NEC LaVie X Ultrabook at CES 2013

Chip-maker Intel has shown off two Ultrabooks in its press conference at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 on Monday, January 7th. One was still a concept and the other was actually one could buy if you were in Japan.

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Intel presented NEC LaVie X Ultrabook, the world’s thinnest laptop to date, because it bears one of the company’s latest iCore chipset: the Core i7-3517U. Many were actually amazed when Japanese multinational company NEC revealed specs of LaVie Z last year. Well, LaVie X is a follow-up of last year’s model. It comes with more goodies, better design, higher specs, and it is thinner.

While geeks outside Japan couldn’t possibly enjoy the goodness LaVie X could offer, at least, Intel has been so generous to bring one at CES 2013. The Ultrabook is just 12.8mm thick. It does not just show how brilliant NEC’s engineers to be able to come up with a case design like it but it also boasts Intel’s ingenuity to produce smaller and thinner chip but more powerful than previous models.

Speaking of powerful processors, NEC LaVie X is blessed to have been released in Japan with Core i7 chipset, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.9GHz, while last year’s model only had Core i5 (base model). There could be some noticeable differences between these two processors but not much as far as performance is concerned. However, when hyper-threading is required, i7 performs way better than i5.

NEC LaVie X Ultrabook Specs

OS: Windows 8
Screen Size: 15.6 inches
Display: IPS LCD, LED-backlit, 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
CPU: Ivy Bridge Core i7-3517U dual-core processor, 1.9GHz clockspeed
GPU: Integrated, HD Graphics 400
RAM: 4GB DDR3
SSD: 256GB

Meanwhile, Mike Bell, VP of the Mobile Communications Group at Intel, shared during the press conference on Monday that the company is now on track to pursuing the mobile market by producing highly competitive chips for tablet computers and smartphones. He also announced the existence of Intel’s newly-developed platform, the Lexington, while showing a phone powered by it.

Basically, we might be seeing more powerful chips for computers, tablets and smartphones from Intel this year. So, it’s going to be interesting.