After launching the new Thinkpad lineup a few weeks ago, Lenovo is launching its 2017 consumer range of laptops. Interested customers will be paying as low as Rs 17,800 for the new Ideapad 320 and going upto the premium Ideapad 720, which start at Rs 74,500. All laptops have a premium metal finish and some of the high end machines have a metal build only. The specifications and performance of all laptops differ according to their prices. However, the newest upgrade to the lineup is the design and the availability of Thunderbolt 3 (in some configs). We had the chance to take a look at the machines at launch. Here is a preview of what will be available in the markets in a few days.
Lenovo Ideapad 720S
Prices start at Rs 74,850/-
Replacing the ultralight Ideapad 710s, the new Ideapad 720s gains minor weight to provide more rigidity and adds premium build to the series. Like its predecessor it is also powered by the latest Intel Core i7 processor and will be made available in 8GB and 16GB RAM options. The max storage has increased from 512GB last year to 1TB PCIe SSD.
The keyboard remains pretty much the same. It still sits in a recessed area in the keyboard deck. The keyboard layout has been slightly altered but you still get the cool white backlight. The laptop comes with JBL audio, just like it did last year.
The laptop also finally gets a fingerprint sensor, which was missing from last year’s model. It works with Windows Hello and thus ups the security of the machine.
The machined packs a commendable I/O lineup including a USB Type-C Thunderbolt port. The bigger 14-inch variant even packs a dedicated NVIDIA GPU.
Lenovo Yoga 720
Prices start at Rs 74,500/-
The Yoga 720 replaces the Yoga 710 in the 700 series. It offers the same thin and light design combined with the new 360 degree Yoga hinge. It is thin and light and touch friendly.
Inside this machine you get a the same specs as the 720s, which includes the latest Core i5 or Core i7 processor, upto 16GB of RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD and even an NVIDIA GTX1050.
The display here is available in both FHD and 4K resolutions with touch screen capabilities. Lenovo says, that this year, almost all touchscreen laptops will also get Windows inking capabilities.
On the I/O front the machine gets, a normal USB port, two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt capabilities and a microphone headphone jack combo. One of the Type-C ports also doubles as the charging port.
Lenovo Ideapad 520S
Prices start at Rs 47,450/-
Below the 720, sits the new 520 series and this is the new Ideapad 520S. There is an Ideapad 520 as well, which is not as thin or light as the 520S, but features pretty much the same specifications as the 520S.
You get a good looking IPS 1080p matte display on this laptop. It is available with upto Intel Core i7 processor and multiple RAM options, right from 4GB to upto 8GB + 16GB Intel optane SSD. Few of the models also feature an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU.
On the I/O front, you get the standard set of ports, including a full HDMI port. The inclusion of the USB Type-C port is also appreciated.
Lenovo Ideapad 320S
Prices start at Rs 34,750/-
The Ideapad 320S is the laptop most of you would be interested in. It is an entry level laptop which can be configured with up to Intel Core i7 processor. The laptop is available with 4GB of RAM and can be configured to pack more.
The display you see here is a 15-inch panel, which will be available in both HD and FHD resolutions. The laptop can also be configured with an NVIDIA GeForce 920MX. You can also get the Ideapad 320S in a 14-inch variant.
The keyboard layout now sits almost flush inside the keyboard deck and has a slightly altered layout compared to the last Ideapad 310. The touchpad is again large and feels quite smooth.
On the I/O front, you get an HDMI port, two standard USB ports, one USB Type-C port, SD card reader and a microphone headphone jack combo
Lenovo Ideapad 320
Prices start at Rs 17,800/-
For people on a tight budget, Lenovo brings the Ideapad 320. The new 320 is priced similar to the last gen Ideapad 110 series but offers a whole new set of hardware.
While the display on the 14-inch Ideapad 310 is a full HD one, the one you see here is the less powerful and cheaper HD variant.
The keyboard carries forward the same design and layout we have seen on last years’ Ideapad 710s laptop. Lenovo has partnered with Dolby to provide ‘immersive’ audio in the budget category.
The touchpad seems improved when compared to its predecessor. Under the hood, the laptop carries pretty much the same specification as the Ideapad 320S with more options as far as GPU is concered. You also get a variety of storage and RAM options.
When it comes to I/O, it comes with an ethernet jack, HDMI out, two USB ports, SD card reader and a USB Type-C port. The laptop retains a DVD drive. The USB type-C port is a new welcome addition to the I/O array.
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