Two New Razer Blade Steath 13 Notebooks: With Intel 10th Gen Ice Lake & GTX 1650 Tiby Gavin Bonshor on April 21, 2020 4:00 PM EST
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- Razer Blade Stealth
- Ice Lake
- GTX 1650 Ti
Off the back of the release of two new Blade 15 series (NVIDIA GeForce RTX and Intel 10th Gen models), Razer has also unveiled two new variations of its slightly smaller Blade Stealth 13 models. Splitting them down the middle, one is designed for gamers, while the other is for content creators on the go, with both featuring an Intel Core i7-1065G7 quad-core processor, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4 GB graphics card, and a 512 GB PCIe 3.0 NVMe M.2 storage drive.
Kicking things off with the main differences between the two new models, the gamer-focused Razer Blade Stealth 13 model comes with a high-spec 13.3-inch FHD 1080p screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate. For those looking for a creator-focused notebook, the new Blade 13 is also available with a 13.3" 4K touch display, with both models variants including factory display calibration with 100% sRGB coverage, and 4.9 mm slim side bezels.
The other minor difference between the two new variants is that the 4K touchscreen does make that model slightly heavier, with a total weight of 1.48 kg, compared to 1.41 kg on the 120 GHz 1080p model. The dimensions of both Razer Blade Stealth 13 models sit at 304.6 x 210 x 15.3 mm (WxDxH).
Razer claims the Blade Stealth 13 features the world's fastest 13.3-inch display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, marketing it as the world's thinnest 13-inch ultrabook with such specifications.
Included within the Temper 6 CNC precision milled anodized aluminium frame is an Intel Core i7-1065G7 quad-core Ice Lake processor which operates with a base core clock speed of 1.3 GHz, boosting up to 3.9 GHz, and sporting a TDP of just 25 W.
Powering the 4K touchscreen and 1080p 120 Hz screens is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti with 4 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, with an Max-Q efficiency design and a 35 W TDP. For memory there's 16 GB of low-power DDR4-3733 as a 2 x 8 GB dual channel configuration which is soldered in and can't be upgraded. For users that demand high-speed storage, Razer has preinstalled a 512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD as standard. An Intel AX201 Wi-Fi 6 wireless interface is installed which includes support for BT 5.1 connectivity as well.
The Razer Blade Stealth 13 models include a keyboard with single-zone full key backlighting powered by Razer's popular Chroma RGB, and a Microsoft Precision glass touchpad. There is a single Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C port which uses 4 PCIe lanes, a USB 3.1 G2 Type-C which can provide power via PD, and two USB 3.1 G1 Type-A ports. It includes an HD 720 infrared webcam installed into the top bezel, with a 3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port, and an integrated array microphone.
|Razer Blade Stealth 13 Intel 10th Gen Refresh Specifications|
|Razer Blade Stealth 13 (4K Touch)||Razer Blade Stealth 13 (1080p)|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-1065G7 (1.3 GHz Base, 3.9 GHz Turbo) - 25 W TDP|
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4 GB Max-Q - 35 W TDP|
|Display||13.3 Inch 4K Touchscreen||13.3 Inch 1080p 120 Hz|
|Memory||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) LPDDR4-3733|
|Storage||512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD|
|Networking||Intel AX201 Wi-Fi 6 /w BT 5.1|
|Power||100 W USB Type-C Power Adapter|
|Ports||1 x Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 G2 Type-C (Powered)
2 x USB 3.1 G1 Type-A
1 x 3.5 mm Headphone/Microphone
|Dimensions (WxDxH)||304.6 x 210 x 15.3 mm|
|Weight||1.48 kg||1.41 kg|
|Price (USD)||Starts at $2000||Starts at $1800|
Expanding upon the two previously announced Razer Blade 15 series models, the two new Stealth 13 models come with a 25W CPU and a 35W GPU.
In general, the new Stealth 13s fall into the second category of premium laptops available today, starting off from 15W Athena compatible Ultrabooks, 25W CPU + 35-50W GPUs such as today's models in up to 13" form-factors, 35W+65W 14" models, and finally the higher-end 45W+80W 15" devices.
Prices for the new Razer Blade Stealth 13 start at $1800 for the 1080p 120 Hz version, with a higher $2000 starting point for the 4K touchscreen model. Both can be purchased and customized at Razer.com, with stock expected to filter into retailers around the world soon.
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mathew7 - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - linkI have only 1 question: can I retrofit the 120Hz screen to my late 2019?
Retycint - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - linkIf the dimensions haven't changed and the connector location/size is the same, then most likely yes. Higher refresh rate is usually enabled by the display driver on the display itself (if I'm not wrong) and so it doesn't require any special hardware on the laptop side.
However you should still wait for a couple months, for others to try it out and take the plunge for you
ajp_anton - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - linkIs the dual-channel a typo? Since LPDDR4 channels are half the width, a 2x8GB configuration at 3733MHz is the same as a dual-channel DDR4/LPDDR3 at 1866MHz, which would be a step back from what we usually have.
Valantar - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - linkGiven that it also says "DDR4-3733" and not LPDDR4X, my money is on it being a typo.
PaulHoule - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - linkI have a Razer 15 inch laptop with a 4K screen. It is great in most ways, except for competitive gaming.
I split the display to a cheap old DVI monitor and to the 4K display and took a video with my camera and I saw the 4K display was 30ms behind the external monitor.
I don't know about other people, but I could not win at all in Ranked mode at League of Legends with the 30ms display latency. Previously I had the same issue with Xbox360/Titanfall on a Samsung TV before I put the TV into "game mode".
For all the pixels spilled by review sites, we hardly ever hear about issues like this. It might be that some people are playing to lose, it might be that fighting latency is an uphill battle against a corporate ideology that can't accept that nine women can't make a baby in one month, etc.
Valantar - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - linkThorough laptop review sites like NotebookCheck test display latency in their reviews.
zamroni - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - link1.41 kg for 13" is heavy. many 13" business laptops with military durability certification weigh less than that