LG has stirred the pot at CES 2017 by announcing a range of new Gram laptops that promise stunningly long battery life. Of course, it turns out that the benchmark used may be a little old, but who hasn’t embellished the truth in their press releases.
The new Gram comes in three sizes, 15-, 14-, and 13-inch models. These are packed with seventh generation Intel Core processors (Core i7, i5, and i3 respectively) and up to 16GB RAM. Storage comes in the form of SSDs that range up to 512GB. Regardless of the internals, all the displays come with FHD resolution.
As far as the story goes, the LG Gram claims to have between 22 and 24 hours of battery life. That is it is able run for an entire day without being near a power outlet. However, it turns out that the benchmarking tool is extremely outdated; more importantly, it allowed LG to tweak the settings to get the maximum possible score out of it.
LG has apparently used a benchmark Mobile Mark 2007, nevermind that the software is nine years out of date. The company hid this fact from western audiences in its press release, but it was discovered in a translated version of the release for South Korea.
Benchmarks using the new Mobile Mark 2014 instead show a battery life of 17 hours, which is a whole lot less than the claimed time. That being said, 17 hours is still quite a large number for a laptop; considering most would be happy with just getting to double digits.
Still, there’s no information on pricing or availability for the LG Gram just yet. At least not outside of South Korea.