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Razer Blade Stealth 13 goes white and adds Intel Ice Lake

At IFA 2019, Razer brings Ice Lake and a Mercury White model to its 13-inch Blade Stealth ultrabook laptop lineup.

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Razer's refresh of its Blade Stealth 13 ultraportable laptop skates into fall on Intel's 10nm Ice Lake processors with a quad-core Core i7-1065G7 U-series processor, a Mercury White alternative to basic black (and pink!) and new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 discrete graphics to replace its MX150 options. 

The white version replaces the entry level model at a slightly higher price -- $1,500 rather than $1,400 (based on current pricing, that means it'll probably run £1,400 and AU$2,549 in the UK and Australia) -- and like all the refreshed models gets a boost to 16GB RAM and includes the same factory-calibrated sRGB displays as before. Razer says the Iris Plus integrated graphics in the i7-1068G7 chip deliver performance about on par with that of the MX150 it incorporated into the previous higher-end models. Razer runs the CPU at the full 25 watts, not stepped down as we'll see in some systems.

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If you've been following Intel Project Athena developments, this meets all the same requirements though it's not certified, thanks to a claimed battery-life boost to about 10 hours, up from our tested 6.8 hours. Now it even looks more like a MacBook Air alternative than before.

The two higher-end models, one with a 1080p display and the other with a 4K touch display, both have 512GB SSD; previously, only the 4K model did. As mentioned earlier, they incorporate the GTX 1650, which performs roughly the same as the GTX 1060 -- so definitely a graphics step up from the old MX150, though still only occasionally capable of reaching 60fps or more in 1080p. The middle model will run $1,800 ($100 more than before) and the top model $2,000. Based on current pricing, they'll probably cost  £1,600 and £1,800, or AU$2,879 and $3,399.

All of them are slated to ship by the end of September.

Correction, Sept. 15: A previous version of this story implied that this is a Project Athena-certified laptop. That is not the case.