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LaVie L first laptop to support Intel’s fourth-gen Haswell CPU

With a surprising head start, NEC dropped the specs of its up and coming LaVie L laptop. This will be rolling out on top of Intel’s new Fourth Generation Core Processor, codenamed “Haswell.” Come 3 June, we will see a range of state-of-the-art laptop, ultrabook and tablet announcements like this one at Taiwan’s massive Computex event. The LaVie L is one of the first laptops supported by the Haswell processor and is for now set at a little less than US$2000.

The LaVie L will carry the fourth generation Haswell chip and as CNET reported a “15.6-inch IPS touch screen (1,920×1,080 resolution), 8GB of memory, 1TB hard drive with a 32GB solid-state drive cache, Windows 8, and Microsoft Office Home and Business.”

The Haswell is a product of Intel’s microarchitecture that uses 22 nanometer technology. According to Jitendra Chahhah, director of strategy and planning at Intel India “the average laptop today would use about 17 Watt and the new Intel core processor would be for less than 10 watt energy consumption.” That’s a lot less power consumption for roughly the same speed output.

The Haswell mostly stands out because of the improved battery power. On top of the battery performance, graphics are also expected to be pumped up to the next level. The Haswell’s Iris graphic chip will support twice as much 3D performance compared to the third-gen Ivy Bridge. So we can expect to see thinner, lighter and more powerful tablet and ultrabook designs start rolling out soon after the Computex event, hopefully by the end of this year. As it stands for now at least, Windows 8 has taken the lead with NEC’s LaVie L.

We expect to see more OS platforms rolling out with Intel’s Fourth Generation Core Processor in the near future. These include Android laptops and Google’s much-anticipated next-gen Pixel Chromebook.


  • James Hirst

    Android on Haswell? Don’t you mean Android on Bay Trail?

  • Jacques Coetzee

    With tablet-laptop hybrids these days, we’d never know. Both the Bay Trail and Haswell are adaptable. But yes, as it stands Bay Trail seems like the better candidate for tablets.

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