LG set to update laptops in 2014

Another one of the pre-announcements that LG has become famous for doing ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, LG has said that it will be improving on both the Ultrabook and Tab-book computers it released last year with updates to each.

Both of the computers Australians could find from LG last year will receive updates to Intel’s latest chips, which is good because last year’s models were released just before Intel had launched the new line of chips offering performance and battery increases.

As such, the LG Tab-Book 2 (11T740) will include a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 up from the third-gen chip in the first Tab-Book, and a push to a Full HD 1920×1080 11.6 inch screen, up from the 1366×768 11.6 incher we saw last year, too.

This second generation model now sits at 16.7mm thin when closed, and will weigh in at just over a kilogram (1.05kg).

LG will also bring a second Tab-Book model which will be 100 grams lighter, 3mm thinner, and while LG hasn’t said what will be running inside it, we suspect it will be something closer to the Intel Atom running on Bay Trail technology that we saw in the Asus T100.

Both will run with Microsoft’s Windows 8.1, and offer 10 point touchscreens with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard underneath that no longer has raised borders like the original did.

Also on the update path for LG is the company’s first Ultrabook, which will too receive an update to Intel’s fourth-generation Core processors, taking advantage of a Core i5 with either 128GB or 256GB of solid-state storage.

The first LG Ultrabook we saw already had a Full HD 13.3 inch panel, and LG looks set to keep that, though the company has yet to confirm if the screen will be one supporting touch.

That was one of the areas we were quite critical over in the first edition of the laptop, and given that Intel’s fourth-gen chips support touchscreen technology, we’d be surprised if LG didn’t include it.

What we really hope, though, is that LG has fixed its mouse, which not only lacked a button, but was completely built from a touch-panel, and one was one of our least favourite areas that was very hard to get used to.

A quick glance at the images LG has supplied (above) to use suggest this change might have happened, with a line around the touchpad suggesting that a button could exist, although that could just be wishful thinking on our part.

Whatever it is, we hope to see it soon, with more about the computers coming with CES opens in just a few days, while Australians will likely see the new boxes within the next few months.