NEC's LaVie X Ultrabook measures just a half-inch thick.
If NEC's LaVie X is any indication, the next generation of Ultrabooks are going to push the envelope in terms of thin profile designs. The LaVie X measures a mere 0.5 inches (12.8mm) at its thinnest point, yet it touts a Full HD 1080p 15.6-inch display, still a rarity in the Ultrabook space. NEC claims it's the thinnest 15.6-inch Ultrabook around, and to the best of our knowledge, it is.
The LaVie X weighs about 3.5 pounds (1.59kg), which is right on par for an Ultrabook. Other than the 1920x1080 IPS panel, the rest of the lineup is pretty standard stuff, albeit it leans towards the high-end. There's an Intel Core i7 3517U processor clocked at 1.9GHz, 4GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 2MP webcam, two USB 3.0 ports, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, SD card slot, and HDMI output.
NEC's expected price in Japan is 175,000 Yen (around US$2,086). No word yet on when the LaVie X will make a trip stateside or how much it will cost when it does.