CES 2016: Razer Blade Stealth is an ultra-slim gaming ultrabook with a catch

That catch being you'll need its Razer Core external graphics enclosure to get the most of it.

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Razer has announced new ultrabook and external graphics enclosure, called the Razer Blade Stealth and the Razer Core, respectively.

The Razer Blade Stealth features a sleek form factor that the company says will give gamers the option of “unprecedented desktop-level gaming performance” with the help of Razer Core via Thunderbolt 3. The laptop measures in at 0.52 inches thin and weighs 2.75lbs, while being equipped with the latest Intel Core i7 processor, an Intel HD Graphics 520 chip, backlit RGB keys, 8GB of dual-channel system memory, and a 12.5-inch display available in two options: 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution and Quad HD (2560 x 1440) resolution. Additional specs includes two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.4b, a 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port, a compact 45 W USB-C power adapter and a built-in 45 Wh rechargeable li-ion polymer battery.

The Razer Core allows the Razer Blade Stealth to unlock its full potential as users can plug it in via a Thunderbold 3 (USB-C) cable that allows it to use its external desktop graphics enclosure, while also supplying both data and power to the laptop. The Core can accommodate nearly every popular desktop graphics card from both NVIDIA and AMD and comes with four additional USB 3.0 ports and an Ethernet port.

The Razer Blade Stealth base model starts at $999 with the high-end version selling for $1,599 and is currently available for sale. The Razer Core will be available in the first half of 2016, but currently has no pricing.

Here’s the full spec sheet for both the Razer Blade Stealth and Razer Core:

Razer Blade Stealth:

  • 12.5 in. IGZO 16:9 aspect ratio, capacitive multi-touch display
  • QHD (2560 x 1440)
  • UHD (3840 x 2160)
  • Intel® Core™ i7-6500U Dual-Core Processor (2.5 GHz / 3.1 GHz)
  • Intel® HD Graphics 520
  • 128 GB / 256 GB PCIe SSD options (QHD display models)
  • 256 GB / 512 GB PCIe SSD options (UHD display models)
  • 8 GB Dual-Channel System Memory (LPDDR3-1866MHz)
  • Windows® 10 (64-bit)
  • Wireless-AC (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.1)
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C)
  • USB 3.0 port x 2 (SuperSpeed)
  • Built-in webcam (2.0 MP)
  • Chroma anti-ghosting keyboard with individually backlit keys
  • HDMI 1.4b audio and video output
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • 3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port
  • Built-in array microphone
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
  • Compact 45 W USB-C power adapter
  • Built-in 45 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
  • 0.52 in. / 13.1 mm (Height) x 12.6 in. / 321 mm (Width) x 8.1 in. / 206 mm (Depth)
  • 2.75 lbs. / 1.25 kg

Razer Core:

  • Connection to PC via Thunderbolt™ 3 using included 40Gbps cable
  • Supports single double-wide, full-length, PCI-Express x16 graphics card
  • GPU max dimensions – 5.98 in. / 152 mm (Height) x 1.73 in. / 44 mm (Width) x 12.20 in. / 310 mm (Length)
  • GPU max power support – 375 W
  • USB 3.0 port x 4 (SuperSpeed)
  • Gigabyte Ethernet (10/100/1000)
  • Chroma lighting (2 zones)
  • Built-in 500 W power supply
  • 8.6 in. / 218.4 mm (Height) x 4.13 in. / 104.9 mm (Width) x 13.38 in. / 339.9 mm (Length)

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