Razer has updated its ultraportable laptop, the Blade Stealth, with the latest 8th Generation U-series processors from Intel. While all previous Razer Blade Stealth iterations were powered by a dual-core processor inside, the updated model features the Core i7-8550U. The Intel “Kaby Lake Refresh” processor features four physical cores and eight threads, thanks to Hyper-Threading (HT) being enabled. It has a base frequency of 1.8 GHz and a single-core maximum Turbo frequency of 4.0 GHz. Since the 8th Gen mobile chips deliver significant performance improvements when compared to the previous generation, the updated Blade Stealth will be able to deliver a superior “gaming” as well as overall system performance. The Core i7-8550U features the same Intel HD Graphics 620 as its Kaby Lake predecessor, so graphics performance remains more or less unchanged. If you really wish to game on the Blade Stealth, you will need to hook it up to the Razer Core V2 external graphics dock.
Apart from the processor, everything else remains the same. You get a 13.3-inch 3200 x 1800 resolution touchscreen IGZO QHD+ display with 178-degree wide viewing angles, 512GB of PCIe M.2 SSD storage, 16GB dual-channel LPDDR3 memory, and Killer Wireless-AC (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1). I/O interfaces include a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 2x USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports, and an upgraded HDMI 2.0a audio and video output. Rest of the key features include a 720p HD web camera, built-in stereo speakers, 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port, Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater Edition, TMP 2.0 security chip, and a built-in 53.6 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery. The Blade Stealth measures 321 x 206 x 13.8mm and weighs in at just 1.35 kg. The Black models come with Razer Chroma RGB backlit keyboard, while the Gunmetal models feature a white backlighting on the keyboard.
The updated Razer Blade Stealth is now available in the US for a starting price of $1,699 in Black and Gunmetal color options. It will be launching in other markets such as France, Germany, and the UK later this year.