NEC laptop is one of the first with Intel's 'Haswell' chip

NEC outs its laptop with Intel's 4th Generation Core, aka, Haswell chip.

Brooke Crothers
Brooke Crothers Former CNET contributor
Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.
2 min read

NEC has apparently jumped the gun, releasing the full specs of a laptop based on Intel's 4th Generation Core processor, aka, Haswell.

That processor, along with a crush of new systems, is slated for rollout on June 3 at Computex in Taiwan.

But NEC is talking specs already in Japan.

In addition to the Haswell chip (about which NEC provided little additional data), the LaVie L will sport a 15.6-inch IPS touch screen (1,920x1,080 resolution), 8GB of memory, 1TB hard drive with a 32GB solid-state drive cache, Windows 8, and Microsoft Office Home and Business.

The higher-end model is expected to be priced in Japan around 200,000 yen (a little less than $2,000) at retail in Japan.

Intel's Haswell announcement on June 3 is expected to bring a flood of desktop, laptop, convertible, detachable, and tablet announcements.

Haswell is mostly about better battery life and improved graphics performance. So, expect, for instance, Haswell laptops that last longer -- maybe a lot longer if other power-saving technologies are also used -- than today's latest and greatest offerings.

Haswell's Iris graphics chip will deliver a 2X (two-fold) 3D performance increase over the 3rd Gen Intel Core "Ivy Bridge" chips for both the U- and Mobile H-series processors designed for ultrabooks and higher-performance laptops, respectively, Intel said on May 1.

The first Haswell processors out of the chute are expected to be the quad-core variety aimed at high-end laptops.

At the other end of the spectrum will be a new variety of ultra-power-efficient Haswell chips that should allow PC makers -- and Apple if it so chooses -- to offer newfangled ultrathin designs with good performance.

And, like NEC's LaVie L, touch will be a big factor because of Windows 8.

NEC's touch-screen equipped LaVie L is one of the first laptops to be announced with a future Intel Haswell processor.
NEC's touch-screen equipped LaVie L is one of the first laptops to be announced with a future Intel Haswell processor. NEC

[Via PC Watch ]