Razer Blade 15 & Razer Core X Specs, Price & Release Date Revealed

Razer just launched the new version of their Razer Blade called the Razer Blade 15, and a new version of the Razer Core called the Razer Core X (is it just me or is everyone putting X’s in their device names all of a sudden?).

The Razer Blade has been Razer’s top-selling product since its debut in 2015, winning countless awards because of its build quality, portability, and power. Regarded back then as the gaming laptop to beat.

In the short time that’s passed, however, Razer’s competitors have been catching up with more portable, and more powerful gaming laptops (and with smaller bezels, too) and Razer fans have been waiting for the Blade to get a refresh. And boy did it.

Razer Blade 15 Specs

The new Razer Blade 15 spec sheet is impressive, for sure. Take a look:

ModelRazer Blade 15 (FHD, 60hz/144hz)Razer Blade 15 (4K, 60hz, Touchscreen)
Dimensions[GeForce GTX 1060] 0.66 in. / 16.8 mm (Height) x 14 in. / 355 mm (Width) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)

[GeForce GTX 1070] 0.68 in. / 17.3 mm (Height) x 14 in. / 355 mm (Width) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
[GeForce GTX 1060] 0.66 in. / 16.8 mm (Height) x 14 in. / 355 mm (Width) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)

[GeForce GTX 1070] 0.68 in. / 17.3 mm (Height) x 14 in. / 355 mm (Width) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
Weight4.56 lbs. / 2.07 kg4.73 lbs. / 2.15 kg
Display15.6-inch IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080) matte up to 144Hz, individually color calibrated15.6-inch IPS 4K (3840 x 2160) capacitive multi-touch, individually color calibrated
Processor8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8750H Processor (6 Cores/12 Threads, 2.2 GHz/4.1 GHz)8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8750H Processor (6 Cores/12 Threads, 2.2 GHz/4.1 GHz)
RAM16GB Dual-Channel system memory (DDR4, 2667MHz), 32GB maximum support16GB Dual-Channel system memory (DDR4, 2667MHz), 32GB maximum support
GPUNVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 Max-Q Design

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 Max-Q Design
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 Max-Q Design

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 Max-Q Design
Storage256GB or 512GB PCIe SSD, 2TB maximum support256GB or 512GB PCIe SSD, 2TB maximum support
Ports1x Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C)
3x USB 3.1, Gen 1
1x Mini Display 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x Kensington Lock
1x 3.5mm Audio Jack
1x Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C)
3x USB 3.1, Gen 1
1x Mini Display 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x Kensington Lock
1x 3.5mm Audio Jack
ConnectivityIntel Wireless-AC 9260 Bluetooth 5.0Intel Wireless-AC 9260 Bluetooth 5.0
Keyboard & TrackpadLarger Glass Precision Trackpad
Anti-ghosting, individually backlid Chroma enabled keyboard
Larger Glass Precision Trackpad
Anti-ghosting, individually backlid Chroma enabled keyboard
Battery70wh 70wh
Camera1MP 720P Webcam
Array Microphone
1MP 720P Webcam
Array Microphone
SpeakersDual Stereo Front-FiringDual Stereo Front-Firing
Availability05/22/1805/22/18
(only in US/CA/UK/DE)
Pricing256GB/60hz/GTX 1060 - $1,899
256GB/144hz/GTX 1060 - $2,199
256GB/144hz/GTX 1070 - $2,399
512GB/144hz/GTX 1070 - $2,599
512GB/60hz/GTX 1070 - $2,899

Not too shabby, no?

Razer is also claiming that the new Blade 15 is the “world’s smallest 15.6-inch gaming laptop”. Here’s the comparison:

Razer Blade 15, World's Smallest 15.6 Gaming Laptop

In addition to the crazy spec sheet and much smaller size, Razer did something else that I think people will appreciate: they left it user-upgradable.

This means that even though the most RAM you can get for the Blade 15 is 16GBs and the most storage is 512GBs, Razer hasn’t soldered any of that in this time around. You can easily unscrew the bottom of the laptop and put in your own third-party RAM or SSD. The Razer Blade 15 will support up to 32GBs of RAM and up to 2TBs of SSD storage. Personally, I think this is great and saves anyone who wants to go that high with the specs a bunch of money by buying and installing it on their own. Kudos, Razer.

Razer Blade 15 Release Date

The Razer Blade 15 will be available for purchase starting May 22nd at their online store, Razerzone.com, and at retailers in the coming weeks.

Razer Blade 15 Price

Pricing for the Razer Blade 15 will be the following for the configurations below:

FHD(60Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1060/16GB/256GB – $1,899.99 / €1949.99 / £1699.99 / ¥16,999
FHD(144Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1060/16GB/512GB – $2,199.99 / €2249.99 / £1979.99 / ¥18,999
FHD(144Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1070/16GB/256GB – $2,399.99 / €2449.99 / £2149.99 / ¥20,599
FHD(144Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1070/16GB/512GB – $2,599.99 / €2649.99 / £2329.99 / ¥22,599
4K(Touch)/i7-8750H/GTX 1070/16GB/512GB* – $2,899.99 / €2899.99 / £2549.99

*only in select markets

Razer Core X

Besides the new Razer Blade, Razer also announced the new Razer Core X. If you aren’t familiar, the Core is Razer’s external GPU housing. You can use this to add desktop-like gaming power to your ultrabook by putting in a desktop GPU and plugging your laptop into it via Thunderbolt 3, and it’ll use the GPU as if it’s its own.

The newest model, the Core X, allows for a desktop graphics card up to 3-slots in size as well as supports the more professional NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro cards. It has a 600W power supply to give up to 500W to the card installed in it but also gives up to 100W of power via USB-C power delivery to also power any laptop plugged into it via the same Thunderbolt 3 USB-C cable that you’re using to access the GPU’s performance.

One other interesting bit about the Razer Core X is that not only does it work for any Windows 10 laptop with a Thunderbolt 3 port, but it’ll also support any Mac with one, as well.

Razer Core X Price

The Razer Core X is aimed at solving the biggest complaint I’ve heard about the Razer Cores from readers: the price.

The Razer Core X price is just $299. They were able to do this by removing the ethernet port, Chroma coloring, and making it out of aluminum instead of the CNC machined Core v2. In turn, making it much more competitive with other eGPU’s on the market for anyone just interested in the extra performance.

Razer Core X Release Date

The Razer Core X, like the Razer Blade 15, is available for order starting today from razerstore.com

Conclusion

Here is the full press release for the Razer Blade 15 and the Razer Core X if you feel like reading them.

Otherwise, as soon as I can get the Blade 15 and Core X, expect complete walkthroughs on both on the channel.

In the meantime, what do you guys think?

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