Lenovo has had a slew of announcements at CES already, but none of the previously announced devices can really compare to the portability of the new LaVie line of notebooks. Lenovo has crafted an Ultraportable series which starts with the 1.72 lb (780 grams) LaVie HZ550, and also includes the LaVie HZ750 convertible PC, which comes in at 2.04 lbs (925 grams) which Lenovo claims makes them the lightest PCs in the world. The LaVie line is the result of the NECP joint venture with NEC, which began in 2011, and this is the first time NECP devices have been offered outside of Japan.

The devices come in at a thin 16.9 mm z-depth, and are made from a super light Magnesium-Lithium alloy case. Both are powered by Intel’s 5th Generation Core processors, with the i5 being offered in the HZ550, and the i7 available in the HZ750. The HZ550 is more of a traditional clamshell notebook, with a hinge offering 180 degrees of movement to let it sit flat on the table. The 13.3 inch display offers WQHD resolution and an anti-glare coating. 4 GB of memory is the only option in the HZ550, and it comes equipped with a 29.6 Wh battery. Moving up to the HZ750 grants a WQHD or FHD touch screen, and a six cell 44.4 Wh battery along with an optional 8 GB of memory. The HZ750 also offers the Yoga style 360 degree hinge.

Both models will be available in the US in May starting around $1299 and $1499 depending on the model.

Source: Lenovo

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  • IntelUser2000 - Monday, January 5, 2015 - link

    It shouldn't be, as they are said to be "Core i5s and Core i7s". And the lowest power of that lineup is 15W.
  • smilingcrow - Monday, January 5, 2015 - link

    The Haswell Y series go to 11.5W for i5 and with Broadwell even lower I think.
  • smilingcrow - Monday, January 5, 2015 - link

    With cTDP Broadwell goes to 7.5W.
  • ClockworkPirate - Monday, January 5, 2015 - link

    Broadwell-Y chips are called Core M, not Core i3/5/7. So we could still be looking at a cTDP-down'd part, but not Broadwell-Y.
  • smilingcrow - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - link

    I'd say with Broadwell that the Y series is now amalgamated into the U series as shown by the stronger emphasis on cTDP and how low they can go which is lower than stock Haswell Y; not sure about cTDP with Haswell Y.
    Whereas Core M is a separate design on a separate process even if I recall correctly and sits below the Y series TDP.
  • tuxRoller - Monday, January 5, 2015 - link

    No mention of battery.
    I'm gonna guess somewhere south of 5 hours.
  • Omniwar - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - link

    My 2.3 pound Haswell i7 Sony Vaio Pro gets 8.5 hours of battery life on the Anand medium workload. I'm sure these will be fine with the new broadwell parts.
  • SetiroN - Monday, January 5, 2015 - link

    For fuck's sake.
  • nwarawa - Monday, January 5, 2015 - link

    Agreed. This is getting really stupid. What is more unacceptable than unacceptable? Having 4GB single channel soldered on with no upgrade path was a poor choice for ivy bridge systems. It was unacceptable for Haswell. What do we call this now other than absolute delusion or stupidity. I refuse to buy this for myself or any of my clients. There was even a smoking boxing day deal on one of these 4gb solder jobs a few weeks ago, but it was easy to say no...
  • andrewaggb - Monday, January 5, 2015 - link

    Agreed, a little more thickness to have a real battery and 8gb of ram is a tradeoff I think most people would be ok with. But maybe that's what the Yoga line is for and this is meant to be the lightest/most portable possible?

    Still think the battery life is going to be questionable.

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