LG has officially unveiled its entire Gram laptop range for 2022, and there’s lots to talk about. A total of six new premium devices are getting a global launch, including the Gram 16 and 17, which were previously exclusive to South Korea.
There’s also a new Gram 15 and 14, as well as 2-in-1 models with 14in or 16in displays. Several key specs are consistent across the lineup, including
Intel’s 12th-gen processors (Core i3/i5/i7) and 8-, 16- or 32GB of DDR5 RAM. LG says you can expect a performance boost of around 22% compared to the 2021 equivalents, although it remains to be seen how much of a difference that will make.
Most combine this with an Intel integrated GPU, but high-end models of the
Gram 16 and 17 feature a discrete graphics card for the first time. Specifically, that’s Nvidia’s RTX 2050, which could make the devices a realistic option for gaming.
As their names suggest, the big difference between all six are their displays. The Gram 17 and Gram 16 (regular and 2-in-1) have a 2560×1600 LCD panel, although only the latter supports touch input. On both Gram 14 versions you’ll step down to 1920×1200, while the Gram 15 is only 1920×1080. That makes it the only one to go for a 16:9 aspect ratio rather than the increasingly popular 16:10.
Both 2-in-1 devices gain additional functionality from a 360-degree hinge, but slim bezels and Full HD webcams are consistent across the range.
However, the big appeal of Gram laptops is top-tier performance within such a premium, portable body. The Gram 14 is the lightest of the bunch at 999g, but the Gram 16 (from 1.35kg) and Gram 17 (from 1.2kg) still lead the way when it comes to big-screened laptops. Convertible functionality adds some extra weight, but none of the six exceeds 1.5kg.
All are between 16mm and 18mm thick, but maintain a decent port selection. You get 2x USB-C (with Thunderbolt 4 support), 1x USB-A, microSD and 3.5mm headphone jack on all models, but the non-convertibles add an extra USB-A and full-size HDMI.
LG says the laptops “guarantee excellent battery life”, and it’s easy to see why. Even the smallest 72Wh capacity should provide a full day’s charge, while cells up to 90Wh will hopefully compensate for extra screen area and power demands on larger models.
However, we don’t yet know how much any of them will cost. The Gram 16’s ₩2,290,000 Korean starting price translates to around £1,420/US$1,877, while you’ll probably pay at least £1,482/US$1,959 (₩2,390,000) for the Gram 17. That’s all we know so far, but none are expected to be cheap.
LG says the 2022 Gram lineup will be available in “key markets” within Europe, North America and Asia from the second quarter of the year. That’s any time between now and the end of June.
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