Now that high-performance, ultra-thin notebooks are fast gaining popularity among consumers for their portability and visual appeal, it would make sense that OEMs are starting to funnel more of their resources into churning out such notebooks in a bid to gain a greater share of the notebook pie. Of course, LG is not about about to let itself get left behind in the competition; the Korean company has just announced in a press release that it has launched two new additions to its Xnote line of ultra-thin notebooks – the P430 and P530 series. And yes, they are powered by Intel's Sandy Bridge platform.
If LG's new notebooks could talk, we'd wager that the first words they would probably say will be something along the lines of "Move over, Macbook Air", and for good reason. After all, ultra-thin notebooks boasting full-power processors are starting to gain popularity among road warriors who need portability and performance bundled together in a single package, an offering which only Apple's Macbook Air could fulfil back then. However, times have since changed, and LG is seemingly keen to wrest back marketshare from the competition with two new introductions to its ultra-thin Xnote line of notebooks, namely the P430 and the P530 series.
According to the press release issued by LG, the P430 will be available in three different models, each with differing hardware specifications. At the top end of the scale is the P430-KE7BK, which boasts an Intel Core i7-2620M processor clocked at 2.7GHz (3.4GHz under TurboBoost), 8GB of memory and a 720GB hard disk. The mid-range configuration is provided by the P430-KE4BK, which utilizes a (slightly) weaker Core i5-2410M processor clocked at 2.3GHz (2.9GHz under TurboBoost), 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard disk. Lastly, the P430-KE3UK offers users a Core i3-2310M processor clocked at 2.1GHz, 4GB of memory and uses the same 500GB hard disk found in the P430-KE4BK. In addition, all three models of the P430 will feature a 14-inch widescreen capable of a native resolution of 1366 x 768, a gigabit Ethernet port, an 802.11bgn compliant WiFi card and an NVIDIA GeForce GT520M graphics card which supports the Optimus switchable graphics technology.
On the flip side, the 15-inch P530 series of notebooks have not been officially unveiled yet, although LG claims in its press release that the P530 series will be made available at a future date after the P430 hits retail shelves some time in the early parts of May this year. Lastly, we are as clueless about pricing details as you are, simply because LG made no mention of such details on its press release, so we can only wait and see.
Source: LG Korea