Razer this week has announced that the company is upgrading its 13.3” Blade Stealth laptop with Intel’s new quad-core Core i7-8550U microprocessor, along with faster LPDDR3 memory. This marks the latest of several laptop vendors to capitalize on the launch of Intel's 8th Gen Core series of CPUs, integrating the new chips into their existing ultrabook designs.

Besides shipping with Intel's Core i7-8550U, the updated Razer Blade Stealth 13.3” also comes standard with 16 GB of LPDDR3-2133 memory, as well as a 512 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD. The laptop also retains support for Thunderbolt 3 and eGFX, allowing the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 to be augmented with AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce video cards in an eGFX chassis. In either scenario, the upgraded Blade Stealth has the same 13.3” IGZO panel with a 3200×1800 resolution (QHD+), 400 nits brightness and offering 100% sRGB color gamut coverage as the model released in June.

Coming off of the heels of Intel's dual-core Kaby Lake-U CPUs, the big draw for the new Kaby Lake Refresh-U CPUs is of course the additional two CPU cores. For moderately-to-heavily threaded workloads that can use more than two cores, these newer quad-core CPUs can offer a sizable boost in performance. Interestingly, Razer also claims that the new version of the laptop has a longer battery life, despite the fact that the battery size is unchanged. That said, Razer hasn't left the laptop's chassis completely untouched; the quad-core Blade Stealth is slightly thicker than the predecessor, adding another 0.7mm over its predecessor.

Otherwise when it comes to connectivity, the updated Blade Stealth 13.3” has all the same features as its predecessor does: a Killer Wireless AC 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1 module, an Intel Thunderbolt 3 controller supporting one USB Type-C port, two USB 3.0 connectors, an HDMI 2.0a display output, a 720p webcam, a TRRS audio port, an RGB-backlit Razer Chroma keyboard and so on. The system is equipped with the same 53.6 Wh lithium-ion polymer battery as the previous model, but Razer claims that the upgraded Blade Stealth can now last for 10 hours on one charge. In addition, the machine comes with a 65 W USB-C power adapter (up from 45 W for the earlier models) which hopefully means that it will also charge faster.

Razer Blade Stealth Laptops: Fall 2017, Default Configurations
Display Diagonal 13.3" 12.5"
Resolution 3200×1800 3840×2160
Brightness 400 cd/m² unknown
CPU Core i7-8550U
1.8 GHz/4 GHz
15 W
Core i7-7500U
2.7 GHz/3.5 GHz
15 W
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 620
RAM Capacity 16 GB
Type LPDDR3-2133 LPDDR3-1866
Storage 512 GB SSD 256 GB SSD 512 GB/1 TB SSD
Wi-Fi Killer 802.11ac Wi-Fi module
Bluetooth 4.1
USB 2 × USB Type-A
Thunderbolt 1 × Thunderbolt 3 port (USB Type-C)
Other I/O HDMI 2.0a, 720p webcam, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphone
Dimensions Height 13.8 mm/0.54" 13.1 mm/0.52"
Width 321 mm/12.6"
Depth 206 mm/8.1"
Weight 1.35 kg
2.98 lbs
1.33 kg
2.93 lbs
1.29 kg
2.84 lbs
Battery Life 10 hours
Price $1699 $1399 $1349/$1749

The new quad-core Razer Blade Stealth 13.3" comes in CNC-milled aluminum chassis in black or gunmetal gray finish, but the chassis is 0.7 mm/0.02" thicker than the chassis used for the dual-core Blade Stealth 13.3". The new system in its default configuration (see the table above) is available for $1,699 from RazerStore.com in the U.S., Canada, France, United Kingdom, and Germany. This is a bit higher than the price of the older dual-core version, but Razer does not offer the new model with a 256 GB SSD, so the new model has higher baseline specifications.

On that note, it should be pointed out that the new quad-core version of the laptop adds to the existing Stealth family, rather than replacing it wholesale. The company and its partners also offer previous-gen Blade Stealth 13.3”/QHD+ laptops: the entry-level Blade Stealth with a 256 GB SSD is now available for $1349.99, whereas the higher-end Blade Stealth with a 1 TB SSD can be obtained with $1699.

It is noteworthy that Razer is not upgrading the 12.5” version of the Blade Stealth that features a 4K UHD display, and it looks like this is a deliberate decision. The key feature of this notebook is its 4K UHD display that offers among the highest pixel density (for a laptop) in the industry, and along those lines the even smaller laptop isn't a great fit for the higher performing quad-core CPUs; at least not without some sacrifices to size or throttling.

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  • wiineeth - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - link

    1699 usd and no gpu?
    Hp spectre x360 comes with a 4k touchs screen with pen, Nvidia Mx150 graphics and same processor and costs 200 dollars less
  • MaidoMaido - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - link

    Not to mention the 15W garbage ULV processor
  • maroon1 - Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - link

    Garbage ?! My dad has laptop with Core i5-5200U and SSD drive and it very fast for office work

    i7 8550U is now quad core with HT
  • Dr. Swag - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - link

    But it has rgb!
  • aebiv - Thursday, October 19, 2017 - link

    IIRC, only the 15" comes with the Mx150, and I also believe HP is still using "only" their USB-C power adapters. No standards based ones will work.

    Plus, the Razer's come with only Windows and the Synapse software.

    Not a huge Razer fan, but I picked up the SB2 because I needed a small laptop with a great screen, and at the time it was one of the best options. I've been quite happy with it.
  • nerd1 - Thursday, October 19, 2017 - link

    $1699? LOL
  • Manch - Thursday, October 19, 2017 - link

    Im waiting for the people that were crapping all over the SB2 to come over to this article and get on their knees for Razor. And one of the Apple fanboys to point out its "obvious" flaws :D
  • foxalopex - Thursday, October 19, 2017 - link

    Sheesh, some pretty harsh criticism on here! I'm actually interested in this laptop still because it's tiny and with the addition of a quadcore seems to be fairly powerful for an ultralight laptop. With a Thunderbolt port it also has the option of greatly boosting graphics ability too. Granted none of this is cheap but that's not really a surprise as specialized or unique electronic devices are. It's what I've been hoping for as my next laptop. Something small and very powerful processor wise but with an external GPU for when I might want to game.
  • BrokenCrayons - Thursday, October 19, 2017 - link

    Eh, if there were an option for no tribal tattoo logo on the outside of the screen, I'd be more interested. The BS13 otherwise a semi-professional looking ultrabook. With respect to gaming, the end user could always set the in-game resolution to 1600x900 and remove a lot of need for an external dGPU, but it would have made more sense to just ship with a 1600x900 panel to begin with since the screen is too small to use at native resolution without scaling anyway so the extra pixels are something of a waste of compute resources and electrical power.

    Besides all that, the price is stupid. For the hardware listed, $999 - 1100 would have been more reasonable
  • Manch - Friday, October 20, 2017 - link

    Surface Book 2 13.5 256GB 8GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 w/2GB $1999
    + DGPU
    + screen disconnects for tablet use
    + Digitizer/PEN
    + insane amount of battery life

    - No TB
    - Half the RAM
    - Half the SSD space

    Razor Blade Stealth 13.3 512GB 16GB Intel 620 $1699

    + double the RAM
    + double the SSD
    + TB
    + EGFX

    Normally wouldn't compare these two but the price is close. Both will have great build quality, and both are expensive.

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