Razer Sharpens Blade Stealth Laptop With 8th Gen Intel Core, Launches Core V2 GPU Enclosure

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Razer's Blade Stealth gaming notebook is receiving a significant upgrade today, and the boost is coming courtesy of Intel's 8th generation Core processors. In this case, the 13.3-inch notebook is packing the Core i7-8550U, which features 4 physical cores capable of executing 8 threads.

The Core i7-8550U has a base frequency of 1.8GHz and can Turbo Boost up to 4GHz. The Blade Stealth adds in 16GB of LPDDR4-2133MHz memory as well to help fuel your multitasking and gaming needs. Since you'll likely be spending most of your time staring at the 13.3-inch display, you'll be glad to know that the Blade Stealth retains the gorgeous 3200x1800 (QHD+) IGZO display panel.

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Other features include Intel HD 620 graphics, a 512GB PCIe SSD, Killer Wireless-AC 1535 (Bluetooth 4.1 + 802.11ac), Thunderbolt 3, and two USB 3.0 ports. You can choose from an anti-ghosting keyboard that is available in black (which Razer Chroma lighting) or in gunmetal (with traditional white keyboard backlighting). The notebook also incorporates a 53.6 WHr battery that provides up to 10 hours of battery life.

“Our engineers have done something truly remarkable with the new Blade Stealth by significantly increasing power while extending battery life,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “The new Blade Stealth is the most well-rounded Windows laptop out there.”

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The Razer Blade Stealth is shipping today priced at $1,699.

Complementing the Blade Stealth is the second-generation Razer Core graphics enclosure. The Core V2 now incorporates the world's first dual Thunderbolt 3 internal controller, which allows separates lanes for the enclosed graphics card and other connected peripherals. In addition, the enclosure features four USB 3.0 ports and a Gigabit Ethernet port to handle your expansion and connectivity needs.

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The Core V2, which is crafted from CNC-milled aluminum, includes a 500W power supply and is large enough to accommodate NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series or AMD Radeon 500-Series graphics cards. Considering that the Blade Stealth "only" comes with an integrated Intel HD 620 GPU, this is your best option for adding the graphics horsepower necessary to really crank up the resolution and frame rates for your games.

The Razer Core V2 will begin shipping "soon" with a price tag of $499.