In an interview with Kotaku, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan confirmed that pre-orders for the company's dedicated gaming laptop, the Razer Blade, will begin within the next few days. The news backs up Razor's previous Q42011 projected release date provided when the laptop was announced back in August.
Unfortunately, an actual ship date wasn't provided, but there's indication that it may arrive just before Christmas. Min-Liang Tan said that select friends and publishing CEOs have already received their units, so technically the dedicated gaming laptop is already shipping.
So far the pricetag still remains a beefy $2799.99 USD, but Tan said the Blade has received at least one major upgrade since it was originally announced -- without altering the price. He explains that before the laptop was even announced, component suppliers were skeptical about a dedicated gaming rig, insisting that consumers want cheap and mass-produced products. To get the components they needed, Razer had to shell out a premium over the list prices.
"After the announcement of the Razer Blade, they were floored with the response from the press and the community and we managed to negotiate a price down for the components," he said. "We were able to convince them to bring the cost down and with the cost savings, we decided to upgrade the 320 GB HDD to a 256 SSD drive."
So what's under the hood? According to the flashy-specs, it comes packed with a dual-core Intel Core i7 CPU clocked at 2.8 GHz (3.5 GHz Turbo), 8 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 memory, an LED-backlit 17.3-inch LCD display with a 16:9 ratio and a 1920 x 1080 resolution, and integrated graphics for "mobile mode." There's also a Nvidia GeForce GT 555M GPU for "gaming mode" toting 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory and Optimus Technology.
As for other features, they include HDMI output, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n connectivity and more. The laptop also sports the Switchblade UI touchscreen, mounted to the right of the keyboard. This interface is comprised of "10 dynamic adaptive tactile keys" for easier access of in-game commands, and an LCD capable of two modes: one mode that displays in-game information when a mouse is in use; and another mode that functions as an ultra-sensitive, multi-touch panel designed for gaming on the go.
To pre-order Razer's Blade gaming laptop, head here. As of this writing, the laptop does not appear on Razer's online store, so keep checking back.