This week is the IFA conference, and while traditionally a mobile focused show, Microsoft’s recent launch of Windows 10 coupled with Intel’s launch of the new 6th generation Skylake architecture means that PC makers are taking the opportunity to refresh their PC lineup here. Lenovo has updated much of their lineup.

The Ideapad 100S is a new model to the lineup, which is going after the budget conscious consumer. We’ve actually seen quite a few laptops targeting this spot over the last year, driven by Microsoft’s free licensing for Windows on low cost devices coupled with competition from Chromebooks. Lenovo’s two models in the Ideapad 100S range are an 11.6-inch and 14-inch model. The 11.6-inch model leverages tablet class parts, including an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor coupled with 32 GB of eMMC and up to 2 GB of DDR3L memory. The 14-inch model switches from a tablet class quad-core to the dual-core Celeron N3050 which is also based on the Atom cores, but this time the 14nm Airmont cores. The Celeron has more TDP to play with, and has a higher base and turbo frequency. The 14-inch is listed as either up to 64 GB of eMMC or 256 GB SSD possibly in some markets. The low resolution 1366x768 display is likely going to be TN on something this low cost.

Lenovo ideapad 100S
  100S 11.6" 100S 14"
CPU Intel Atom Z3735F (quad-core 1.33 -1.83GHz 22nm 2.2 W SDP) Intel Celeron N3050 (dual-core 1.6 - 2.16GHz 14nm 4 W SDP)
RAM up to 2GB up to 2 GB
Storage up to 32GB eMMC up to 64GB eMMC / 256GB SSD
GPU Intel HD Intel HD
Display 11.6" 1366x768 14" 1366x768
Battery Up to 8 hours Up to 8 hours
Networking 802.11n w/ BT 4.0 802.11n w/ BT 4.0
Weight 1 kg / 2.2 lbs 1.4 kg / 3.1 lbs
Dimensions (mm) : 292 x 202 x 17.5
(inches) : 11.5" x 7.95" x 0.69"
(mm) : 337.4 x 234.9 x 18.6
(inches) : 13.28" x 9.25" x 0.73"
Price $189 $259
OS Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home

Keeping with the “S” slim lineup, the ideapad 300S comes in both an 11.6 and 14-inch model. The smaller one will be powered by Braswell with the Pentium N3700. This is a quad-core processor based on Airmont cores. The 14-inch model will be offered with up to Core i7 though, and the larger display also comes with a 1920x1080 resolution. The small model sticks with integrated graphics but the 14-inch version will be offered with the GeForce 940M.

Lenovo ideapad 300S
  300S 11.6 300S 14
CPU Intel Pentium N3700 Up to 6th gen Core i7
RAM up to 8GB DDR3L up to 8 GB DDR3L
Storage up to 64GB eMMC
500GB SSHD/1TB HDD
up to 256GB SSD
up to 1TB SSHD / 1TB HDD
GPU Intel HD Intel HD / up to GeForce 940M
Display 11.6" 1366x768 14" 1920x1080
Battery Up to 5 hours Up to 5 hours
Networking 802.11ac w/ BT 4.0 802.11ac w/ BT 4.0
Weight 1.3 kg / 2.9 lbs 1.9 kg / 3.9 lbs
Dimensions (mm) : 299 x 209 x 21.8
(inches) : 11.77" x 8.23" x 0.86"
(mm) : 340 x 240 x 19.5
(inches) : 13.38" x 9.45" x 0.77"
Price n/a $479+
OS Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home

Next up in the slim line is the ideapad 500S which is a lineup of three sizes, with 13.3, 14, and 15.6-inch models  available in ebony black, platinum silver, or flamenco red. These are available with Skylake, and can be had with discrete graphics as well. The smaller 13.3-inch model can be had with the GeForce 920M GPU, and the larger 14 and 15.6-inch models offer the more powerful GeForce 940M. The displays on offer are up to 1920x1080, and storage is up to 256 GB of SSD or up to 1 TB of hard drive.

Lenovo ideapad 500S
  500S 13.3" 500S 14" 500S 15.6"
CPU Up to 6th Gen Core i7
RAM up to 8GB DDR3L
Storage 128GB SSD
500GB SSHD/1TB HDD
up to 256GB SSD
up to 1TB SSHD / 1TB HDD
GPU Intel HD / Up to GeForce 920M Intel HD / up to GeForce 940M
Display 13.3" 14" 15.6" 1920x1080
Battery Up to 4.5 hours
Networking 802.11ac w/ BT 4.0
Weight 1.5 kg / 3.4 lbs 2.1 kg / 4.6 lbs 2.1 kg / 4.6 lbs
Dimensions (mm) : 323 x 230 x 19.3
(inches) : 12.72" x 9.05" x 0.76"
(mm) : 380 x 260 x 20.5
(inches) : 14.96" x 10.24" x 0.81"
(mm) : 380 x 260 x 20.5
(inches) : 14.96" x 10.24" x 0.81"
Price n/a
OS Windows 10 Home

Moving down in price a bit is the ideapad 300 which is offered in 14, 15.6, or 17.3-inch sizes. The smaller two models are offered with the Pentium N3700 Braswell processor as a base option, or you can choose Intel’s more powerful Core as well. All are available with discrete GPUs, with the Braswell models being available with the GeForce 920M, and the Core models available with the Radeon R5 M330. System memory is up to 8 GB on Braswell, and 16 GB of DDR3L on Core. The display can be up to 1920x1080.

Lenovo ideapad 300
  300 14" 300 15.6" 300 17.3"
CPU Up to Pentium N3700
Up to 6th Gen Core i7
up to 6th gen Core i7
RAM up to 8GB DDR3L (Braswell) or 16 GB DDR3L (Skylake)
Storage 128GB SSD option with Skylake
up to 1TB HDD or SSHD
GPU Intel HD / Up to GeForce 920M (Braswell)
Up to Radeon R5 M330 (Skylake)
Display 14" 1920x1080 15.6" 1920x1080 17.3" 1600x900
Battery Up to 4 hours
Networking 802.11ac w/ BT 4.0
Weight 2.1 kg / 4.63 lbs 2.3 kg / 5.07 lbs 3.0 kg / 6.61 lbs
Dimensions (mm) : 349 x 245 x 22.9-23.4
(inches) : 13.74" x 9.64" x 0.90"-0.92"
(mm) : 384 x 265 x 22.9-23.4
(inches) : 15.11" x 10.43" x 0.90"-0.92"
(mm) : 418 x 292.6 x 25.1
(inches) : 16.45" x 11.51" x 0.99"
Price $399+ $549+ $449+
OS Windows 10 Home

Next up is the ideapad 500 series, which is quite interesting because there will be versions with both AMD’s Carrizo CPU and versions with Intel’s Skylake processors. The AMD based on has a starting price of $100 less. There will be 14-inch and 15.6-inch models available with up to 1920x1080 resolution. The AMD based one can be had with the FX-8800P APU which is the top tier from AMD, and the AMD Radeon R5 M330. It will be available with up to 8 GB of memory, and both SSD and HDD storage options are available. The Intel version can be had with up to Core i7, and the GPU option is the AMD Radeon R7 M360 which has more stream processors than the R5 M330 available with Carrizo on this laptop.

Lenovo ideapad 500
  500 14" 500 15.6"
CPU Up to AMD Carrizo FX-8800P APU
Up to 6th gen Intel Core i7
RAM up to 16GB DDR3L
Storage 128GB SSD option with Carrizo
up to 1TB HDD or SSHD
GPU Radeon R5 M330 (AMD)
Intel integrated or Radeon R7 M360 (Intel)
Display 14" 1920x1080 15.6" 1920x1080
Battery Up to 4 hours
Networking 802.11ac w/ BT 4.0
Weight 2.1 kg / 4.6 lbs 2.3 kg / 5.1 lbs
Dimensions (mm) : 347 x 249 x 24.4
(inches) : 13.66" x 9.80" x 0.96"
(mm) : 384 x 265 x 24.6
(inches) : 15.12" x 10.43" x 0.97"
Price $399+ (AMD) $499+ (Intel) $599 (AMD) $849 (Intel)
OS Windows 10 Home

Lenovo is also refreshing their All-in-One lineup with the ideacentre AOI 700 Series. There will be a 24-inch model and 27-inch model and both can be had with up to UHD 3840x2160 resolution. Skylake is available again, along with the NVIDIA GTX 950A GPU. These devices will support Windows Hello, with the Intel RealSense 3D Camera available on this AIO. The AIO also has stereo JBL speakers with a 2 x 3 watt amplifier.

Lenovo ideacentre AIO 700 Series
  AIO 700 24" AIO 700 27"
CPU Up to 6th gen Intel Core i7
RAM up to 16GB DDR4
Storage up to 192GB SSD
up to 2TB SSHD or HDD
GPU GeForce GTX 950A
Display 23.8" 3840x2160 27" 1920x1080
Camera 1080p w dual mic Optional Intel RealSense 3D Camera
Networking 802.11ac w/ BT 4.0
Price $1,099 $1,899
OS Windows 10 Home

The list just keeps going, and next up is a new tablet from Lenovo. The ideapad MIIX 700 is a 12-inch tablet with a 2160x1440 resolution, which you may notice is the same resolution and aspect ratio as the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The similarities don’t stop there, with the MIIX 700 available with a kickstand and folio case with keyboard dock. It is powered by up to Core i7 as well, and you can get it with 8 GB of LPDDR3 memory and 256 GB SSD. It also features the Intel RealSense 3D camera, and therefore supports facial recognition login with Windows Hello. For those that need to use it on the go, it can be outfitted with optional LTE support.

Lenovo MIIX 700 Tablet
  MIIX 700 Tablet
CPU Up to 6th gen Intel Core m7
RAM up to 8GB LPDDR3
Storage up to 256GB SSD
GPU Intel graphics
Display 12" 2160x1440
Camera Optional Intel RealSense 3D
Weight 780g / 1.7 lbs
Dimensions (mm) : 292 x 210 x 8.95
(inches) : 11.49" x 8.27" x 0.35"
Networking 802.11ac w/ BT 4.0, LTE Optional
Price $699+
OS Windows 10 Home or Pro

Finally, Lenovo is offering the Chromebook 100S, which is powered by the Intel Celeron N2840. This is two Silvermont cores, and is on the 22nm process. As is typical with a Chromebook, 16 GB of eMMC is available and up to 2 GB of RAM. Lenovo is claiming up to eight hours of battery life on this $179 Chromebook.

Lenovo Chromebook 100s
  Chomebook 100S
CPU Up to Intel Celeron N2840
RAM Up to 2GB RAM
Storage 16 GB eMMC
GPU Intel graphics
Display 11.6" 1366x768
Weight 1.2 kg / 2.6 lbs
Dimensions 19mm thick
Networking 802.11ac w/ BT 4.0, LTE Optional
Price $179+
OS Chrome OS

Clearly there has been some pent up designs waiting on the release of both Skylake and Windows 10, and Lenovo has an offering for much of the consumer space with these new models and refreshes. There are a couple of very interesting plays here, like the MIIX 700 tablet which is clearly a play at the Surface Pro 3, with the same screen size and resolution, but a $699 starting price. I’d be very interested in checking out the ideapad 500 with both the Carrizo and Skylake offerings to see how they stack up to each other, so we will have to try and get some for review.

Source: Lenovo

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  • ToTTenTranz - Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - link

    The Carrizo model should be able to use Hybrid Crossfire between the APU and the discrete GPU, which maybe very interesting. Even more with DX12 explicit multiadapter on the road. Reply
  • silverblue - Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - link

    The only concern I have is the TDP that manufacturers are locking the FX-8800P to; we're seeing 12-15W for both it and the A10-8700P which is nowhere near their peak levels, and consequently all we're seeing is gimped performance which unfortunately shows up on PassMark.

    If they can offer a higher TDP than 15W, then job well done. Coupled with a 1080p panel and an SSD, this could be the best route into Carrizo.
    Reply
  • Cryio - Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - link

    FX 8800P at 15W is still 45% faster CPU-wise than AMD's previous 15W top APU, the FX 7500, so it's still a dramatic improvement. Reply
  • nathanddrews - Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - link

    ... But you're still paying full price for a crippled APU. Reply
  • T1beriu - Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - link

    You're wrong. Carrizo is designed to be most efficient at 15W and a TDP of 35W (175% increase) only improves the performance with 30% (AMD's numbers). It's simply not worth it.

    I would take anytime a slim 18mm laptop with 30% less compute power than a fat, heavy 30-35mm low battery laptop.
    Reply
  • testbug00 - Thursday, September 03, 2015 - link

    Yes, if you're only doing a CPU task it is much less pref/watt at 35W.

    What if you're using the CPU and GPU now?
    Reply
  • Cryio - Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - link

    Well of course it will and it can. Reply
  • bug77 - Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - link

    That "up to 256GB SSD" seems way too limiting in 2015. Perhaps the smart idea is to get the lowest storage option and replace the SSD with something more suitable yourself (if it's not soldered in place). Reply
  • Mondozai - Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - link

    Nah, 256 is more than enough for most users. Plenty of folks use online storage as well. Reply
  • R3MF - Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - link

    Re: the Carrizo powered Ideapad 500 series

    Back in March Anand described the Radeon R5 M330 as a Oland rebadge, yet now I am hearing it described as a PCIe 8x specific laptop part (fits nicely with Carrizo), GCN 2.0 Tonga derivative.

    Which is it?
    Reply

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