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January 8, 2018

LG updates its thin and light gram 15 notebook with 8th-gen Core, Thunderbolt 3

by John_A

We applauded LG’s gram 15Z970 notebook for its incredibly thin and light chassis that still managed to pack in strong performance and an excellent display. Now that Intel’s excellent eighth-generation Core processors are hitting the mainstream, LG has taken the opportunity to update its flagship 15-inch notebook with both better performance and some nice design touches.

LG gram 15Z980

Key Specs


Intel 8th-gen Core CPUs


Up to 19 hours of battery life


2.42 pounds


USB-C with Thunderbolt 3


Nano-carbon magnesum alloy


MIL-STD 810G certification

While LG hasn’t provided too many details about the machine, we can tell from the pictures that the notebook maintains its basic design but with some notable changes. It utilizes a nano-carbon magnesium alloy material that’s allowed LG to meet the MIL-STD 810G certification for durability and use in harsh environments. The webcam that was uncomfortably placed under the display for an up-the-nose view has been relocated to above the display where it belongs.

The LG gram 15Z980 retains the former model’s very light 2.42 pound chassis, which we found extremely comfortable to carry around for a notebook with such a large 15.6-inch display. By packing in Intel’s very efficient and high-performance quad-core eighth-generation CPUs, LG can now boast significantly faster performance along with greater efficiency. The company is promising up to 19 hours of battery life, which is in line with some other newly introduced systems.

LG has also managed to squeeze in a second solid state drive {SSD) slot for increased storage space. The details aren’t specified, but LG does give hope that the slower SATA SSDs in the previous generation have been replaced with the faster PCIe SSD specification, which would provide a nice boost in performance to go with the newer, faster CPUs.

Finally, the LG gram 15Z980 fixes one of our complaints with the earlier model. While its predecessor was limited to a USB-C 3.1 port, the updated machine offers Thunderbolt 3, which greatly improves the notebook’s peripheral support and long-term viability. It can also charge external devices such as smartphones.

LG hasn’t yet provided pricing or availability information for the gram 15Z980. When it does arrive, it will maintain LG’s distinction of offering one of the thinnest and lightest full-size notebooks you can buy.

Editors’ Recommendations

  • Refreshed LG Gram laptops head to North America in January for CES 2018
  • Lenovo’s updated ThinkPads include T480s with Nvidia MX150, affordable X-Series
  • HP Spectre x360 13 (Late 2017) Review
  • HP supercharges Spectre x360 15-inch with Intel 8th-Gen Core and AMD Vega graphics
  • HP Spectre 13 (2017) review




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