[UPDATE] Razer Blade 15 and Core X revealed: Australian pricing and release date
We now have official Australian pricing for the Razer Blade 15 and the Razer Core X.
Razer is downsizing its laptop range. In fact, it's going so small that Razer is confidently touting its 2018 Razer Blade as the smallest 15.6-inch gaming laptop ever created. It measures at just 16.8mm thin (0.66 inches) and weighs a measly 2.07kg for the Full HD model and just 2.15kg for the 4K model.
That's not the only thing Razer revealed today. Razer also revealed its new external GPU case, the Razer Core X. The new GPU case is a little larger and, more importantly, a little cheaper than the Core V2 before it.
Razer Blade 15 images
While Australian pricing hasn't been officially announced for either product yet, here's what we know based on today's announcement.
The first redesign for the Blade since 2013, this year's model comes in over a millimetre thinner than its predecessor. Despite this incredibly slim form, it wasn't the first change that caught our eye when we first saw the Razer Blade 15. No, the first big change we noticed was the super-slim bezels.
The new Razer Blade's bezels measure at just 4.9mm. To give you an idea of how drastic a change that is, here is the old Blade side by side with its plucky new replacement. Thick bezels have turned me away from purchasing gaming laptops in the past (I'm looking at you Alienware 13), so I'm incredibly happy Razer has opted for something a little more contemporary.
We've gone from a screen size of 14 inches to 15.6 inches and managed to shave some of the bezel off along the way, which gives you around 20% more display with the new Blade. The kicker is, the panel is available in both Full HD with 60Hz and 144Hz refresh. In fact, the 144Hz is the only option currently available. The Full HD with 60Hz refresh and 4K Touch options won't arrive until June (not long now).
The new Razer Blade also seems to be falling in line with the Razer Phone's sharper design, with square corners and straight edges you could slice a pumpkin with (rather than the smoother curves of the 2013 model). It looks very fancy up close and almost sold me on the prospect of forking out for a Razer Phone just so my whole collection could look as classy.
This quality look is thanks partly to its slim form but mostly thanks to its aluminium chassis and anodised black coating. The chassis is pocket milled from a single aluminium block which, I'm told, makes it a very sturdy piece of kit (we didn't actually get to feel or weigh the new Blade when we first got to see it).
I've been fawning over the Blade's outer beauty, but the inside has obviously seen some significant changes too.
To help keep it compact, the new Razer Blade has moved away from the heat pipes you would find in many gaming laptops and has opted instead for vapour chamber technology (similar to what is used in 2016's Blade Pro and this year's Dell XPS 13). Vapour chamber technology does the expected job of cooling the GPU and CPU while also taking in some of the heat given off from other components.
And while there's no Core i9 option in sight, the entire range boasts Coffee Lake Intel Core i7 Processors, with Max-Q Nvidia GTX 1060 for the Full HD 60Hz model, 1070 for 4K Touch and the option for either with Full HD 144Hz. Again, only the Full HD 144Hz with GTX 1070 is currently available.
The battery has seen a slight upgrade too, going from 70 watt-hours to 80 in the transition. Speaking of battery, Razer Blade 15 has a proprietary charging cable and port. "Proprietary charging port" is one of the dirtiest phrases in the tech vocabulary but if it's any consolation I've been told that it's nothing like Apple's MagSafe (that's where my mind went when I first laid eyes on the Blade 15).
We'll see if that upgrade makes a difference to battery life and put together a full spec comparison when we get a closer look at the machine.
Razer Blade 15 specs
Here are the specs for the Razer Blade 15 Full HD (144Hz) GTX 1070 512GB.
- 15.6-inch (39.6cm) Full HD 144Hz refresh
- 1920 x 1080
- NVIDIA GeForce Max-Q GTX 1070 (6GB GDDR5 VRAM)
- 16GB RAM Dual-channel LPDDR3-2133MHz
- Coffee Lake Intel Core i7 (6 Core, 2.2GHz/4.1GHz )
- 16GB dual-channel SO-DIMM (DDR4, 2667MHz), expandable to 32GB16GB dual-channel SO-DIMM (DDR4, 2667MHz), expandable to 32GB
- Windows 10
- Dimensions (mm)
- 17.3 (height) x 355 (width) x 235 (depth)
- Proprietary power/charging, Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), USB 3.1 x 3, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0
Razer Blade Australian Pricing
While we wait for official local pricing, here's what they'll sting you for the new Blade in the US.
- Razer Blade 15 Full HD (60Hz) GTX 1060 265GB:$2,999.00
- Razer Blade 15 Full HD (144Hz) GTX 1060 512GB:$3,399.00
- Razer Blade 15 Full HD (144Hz) GTX 1070 512GB: $3,699.00
- Razer Blade 15 4K Touch GTX 1070 512GB:$3,999.00
On to the second thing Razer revealed today – the Razer Core X.
Razer Core X
In addition to the Blade 15, Razer announced the Razer Core X. Not the most exciting proposition for those planning on going fully mobile with the Blade 15, but it's a tempting proposition for those who will be using it as their main machine at home too.
The Core X is a step up from the Core V2 that came before it in almost every single way. Not only is it cheaper at US$299 (AU pricing to come) where the Core V2 costs a whopping US$499, but it's also larger, allowing for bigger (and triple-slot) graphics cards.
Razer Core X price
- Razer Core X: $469
Razer Core X
- GPU Max Power Support
- 500 Watts
- GPU Type
- 3-slot wide, full-length, PCI-Express x16 GFX card
- Connection (Input/Output)
- Thunderbolt 3