Razer has made a notable brain transplant, swapping out the previous Skylake-based processor for a new 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U. Razer also amped up the memory and storage subsystems of the Blade Stealth, so you can now spec the machine with up to 16GB of LPDDR3-1866MHz memory and up to a 1TB PCIe SSD. As for the display, base systems are equipped with a QHD (2560 x 1440) panel, while you can also opt for a 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) panel. Powering either display is an integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU.
When it comes to internal power, Razer have beefed up the battery from 45Wh to 53.4Wh, which is much appreciated — we doubt that any mobile warrior would scoff at getting extra runtime from their notebook.
“The first Blade Stealth offered an unparalleled combination of performance, personalization and value, with standard features that our competitors could not match in their higher-priced luxury models,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer CEO. “Our engineers have done the impossible by making our second generation Ultrabook even more powerful while improving the battery life significantly. The Razer Blade Stealth is an example of what an Ultrabook can and should be able to do.”
We should also note that if the integrated Intel graphics just won’t pass muster for you, there’s always the optional Razer Core. This nifty external enclosure allows you to toss in a full-size PCIe graphics card and plug it into your Blade Stealth via the Thunderbolt 3 port. The Razer Core is fully plug-in-play and supports all the latest graphics cards from AMD and NVIDIA including the Radeon RX 480 and the GeForce GTX 1080.
The Razer Blade Stealth is available now with a starting price of $999. Fully maxed out with a 4K display, 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD will set you back $1,799. The Razer Core is priced by itself at $499. However, if you purchase it with a Blade Stealth, that price falls to just $399.