The LG Tab-Book and LG Ultrabook will go on sale exclusively through Harvey Norman in early July, marking LG's first foray into personal computing in Australia.
LG has announced that it will bring two different computer models into the country, with slight variation on the tablet product for a total of three LG-branded computers, all of which you'll find in Harvey Norman stores.
The LG Z360 Ultrabook will sell for $1399, and comes with a 13.3 inch Full HD screen, Intel Core i5 1.8GHz processor, 4GB of Ram and a 128GB SSD. It's very much Ultrabook-styled in that it's thin and light at 1.1.5kg, and it's rather dazzlingly white to boot. It's a Windows 8 Ultrabook sans touchscreen, but with specific custom keys running down the left hand side of the keyboard to control Windows 8 functions such as search.
Meanwhile, on the tablet front LG will offer up two variations on what it's calling the Tab-Book; a hybrid Windows 8 tablet with an 11.6 inch screen, 1.05kg or 1.25kg carrying weight and either a 1.8Ghz Core i5 Z160 processor or 1.8Ghz Intel Atom Z2760 processor. The Atom version ships with 2GB of RAM to the Core i5's 4GB, and 64GB of onboard storage compared to the 120GB on the beefier model. There's no mini-LAN port on the Atom version, but curiously, the specifications suggest the Atom version has a slightly better webcam than the Core i5 variant. The Atom version is, predictably the one with better battery life, with a claimed 12 hour runtime to the Core i5 version's 6.5 hours.
I had some brief hands-on time with both the Ultrabook and Tab-Books yesterday. The slider motion of the Tab-Book reminds me quite a bit of the Eee Pad Slider, but with a significantly smoother motion, and it gets neatly around one of my core criticisms of the Microsoft Surface, because it will fit nicely onto my lap and stay stable.
The Ultrabook is certainly eye catching with its all-white finish, but I'm left wondering how good that white will look after twelve months of heavy usage. There's no shortage of competing models with these kinds of specifications on the market, so it'll be interesting to see how well LG does joining the Australian PC scene at this point in time.