Lenovo has had a slew of announcements at CES already, but none of the previously announced devices can really compare to the portability of the new LaVie line of notebooks. Lenovo has crafted an Ultraportable series which starts with the 1.72 lb (780 grams) LaVie HZ550, and also includes the LaVie HZ750 convertible PC, which comes in at 2.04 lbs (925 grams) which Lenovo claims makes them the lightest PCs in the world. The LaVie line is the result of the NECP joint venture with NEC, which began in 2011, and this is the first time NECP devices have been offered outside of Japan.

The devices come in at a thin 16.9 mm z-depth, and are made from a super light Magnesium-Lithium alloy case. Both are powered by Intel’s 5th Generation Core processors, with the i5 being offered in the HZ550, and the i7 available in the HZ750. The HZ550 is more of a traditional clamshell notebook, with a hinge offering 180 degrees of movement to let it sit flat on the table. The 13.3 inch display offers WQHD resolution and an anti-glare coating. 4 GB of memory is the only option in the HZ550, and it comes equipped with a 29.6 Wh battery. Moving up to the HZ750 grants a WQHD or FHD touch screen, and a six cell 44.4 Wh battery along with an optional 8 GB of memory. The HZ750 also offers the Yoga style 360 degree hinge.

Both models will be available in the US in May starting around $1299 and $1499 depending on the model.

Source: Lenovo

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  • westrock2000 - Monday, January 5, 2015 - link

    I wonder what qualifies as a PC now-a-days. My $60 7" baytrail tablet from Micro Center weighs in at 350g (12.35oz). It's full Windows compliant.
  • Mondozai - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - link

    Lenovo's claims are just wrong. The Asus T300 Chi (1440p version) is 720 grammes, so it is lighter, and it costs 799 dollars, which is considerably cheaper than what Lenovo is offering.

    Lenovo's gotta step up their game.
  • arsjum - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - link

    No, YOU are wrong. You are comparing a standalone Asus Chi tablet with Lenovo's clamshell ultrabook. Docked to its keyboard, Asus T300 Chi weighs about 3 lbs.
  • Lonyo - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - link

    Panasonic have a 745g ultrabook in Japan. Clamshell design but can be rotated, so Lenovo are still wrong.

  • arsjum - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - link

    Wrong again. Panasonic ultrabook has 10.1 inch screen, while the Lenovo ultrabook has 13.3. So, Lenovo is right.
  • westrock2000 - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - link

    That's why my question was what is considered a "PC" now? Used to be a PC meant x86 compatible. But tablets have really altered how a traditional PC functions. So do we call tablets that are fully x86 compatible "PC's"?
  • Drumsticks - Thursday, January 8, 2015 - link

    I assume Lenovo is discussing within their 11-14" premium ultraportable range. Otherwise you could obviously go down as small as that Intel HDMI dongle running Windows.
  • ydeer - Monday, January 5, 2015 - link

    Are these fanless?
  • ruthan - Monday, January 5, 2015 - link

    Good question.
  • Novacius - Monday, January 5, 2015 - link

    They aren't as far as I can tell.

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