The significant increase in pixel count is matched by a similar leap in processing power, provided by an Intel Core i7-4702HQ quad-core CPU and Nvidia's brand new GTX 870M laptop GPU. The GTX 870M provides 3GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM, alongside the system's existing 8GBs of DDR3L memory. It's not only capable of driving the 3200x1800 for smooth general computing, but also gaming at native resolution. In a hands-on briefing, Razer demoed the system running Battlefield 4 and Sleeping Dogs running at 3200x1800 resolution at medium settings at well above 30 frames-per-second, often hovering close to 60FPS. Dropping resolutions down to 1080p allows pushes settings to ultra levels at a stable 60FPS or higher.
Razer is putting a lot of weight into the quality of the display, and based on first-hand experience, it's deserving of the attention. Color bursts from the screen and the level of detail in photos and games running at native resolution is exceptional. Last year's Blade's struggles with washed out black tones and poor viewing angles are a distant memory.
The Razer Blade is available now for pre-order for $2,199 with shipments expected to begin within two weeks, while the Blade Pro is available immediately for $2,299.