28 February 2019
This year MWC is quite special for Lenovo as the company wraps off the cover from a number of products at the trade show. The company launched budget friendly Tab V7 and also updated its budget-friendly IdeaPad, ThinkPad and T-series laptops. Lenovo premium lineup laptops are known for their top-notch build quality, great design, and the best possible hardware. Its good to see Lenovo taking the stage at the MWC to update their laptops below $1000 range. Most of the mid-range buyers opt the Lenovo budget-friendly options, its good to see Lenovo bringing premium-level features for their budget-friendly options as well.
Starting with the IdeaPad series upgrades, the S540 can now be purchased with the 8th gen Core i7 chipset or the AMD's Ryzen 7 3700U chipset. If you want to make it a graphics-centric machine you can also opt Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050. Following the latest design trend, the company reduces more than 25% bezels around the display. Another prominent change in the design is the privacy guard for the webcam when it is not in use.
As far as the display size is a concern, you can purchase it either in 14-inches or 15-inches model. Both the variants come with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The top of the line model comes with up to 12GB RAM and 512GB SSDD native storage. The S540 three updated variants will be released later in April and June this year. The base model of 14-inches display model will be available at $879.99. The AMD powered 14-inches variant will cost $729.99 only. Surprisingly the 15-inches base model is slightly cheaper at $849.99.
Apart from the IdeaPad S540, the company also brought upgrades for the S340 model as well. The new Core i7 and AMD Ryzen 7 chipsets are also available for the S340 as well. It can also be purchased in either 14-inches or 15-inches display. The top of the line model comes with up to 12GB RAM. The bezels of S340 is also trimmed as opposed to the predecessor. Like the S540, it also has privacy Gaurd feature for the webcam. The 14-inches variant base model will be available at $369.99 if you opt the AMD variant with the same display it costs $429.99. Last but not the 15-inches model will cost you $449.99. All the variants will be released in March and April this year.
Like the IdeaPad series, the company brought upgrades for the ThinkPad series as well. The X390 will now have 13.3-inches display with Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080. The company fitted a larger display by reducing the 50% bezels which give it futuristic look with stylish design. Under the hood, the top of the line model comes with 8th gen Intel Core VPro i7 SoC with up to 32GB RAM and 1TB SSD storage. As far as the battery life is a concern, the company claims the device will survive 18 hours on a single charge. For connectivity, the device comes with dual USB ports, one USB-C, and a Thunderbolt 3 port, MicroSD slot and HMDI port.
Unlike the IdeaPad lineups, the X390 comes with clever PrivacyGaurd which protects the IR camera. This clever camera also detects if someone is behind user so that it can automatically darken the display. This feature is quite useful for users working on a confidential task in public. Not just that it also has ThinkShutter cover for webcam as well. As far as the availability is a concern the X390 will be released in June this year at a price tag of $1,099. The company also launched X390 Yoga variant as well to lure customers looking for a 2-in-1 machine, it will cost $1359.
Last but not least the ThinkPads T490 will also get upgraded hardware and design like the other ThinkPads. Like the IdeaPad X390, the T490 also have ThinkShutter cover and also privacy guard for added security. You can now opt HDR IPS display for better visual experience while watching HDR content. The T490s is now available in Full HD or HDR display. For the top cover, the company opted aluminum casing. Due to its slimmer profile, the company claims the latest T490s is 13% thinner than the predecessor. Both the latest T490 and T490s will be released in June this year, the T490 will start at $999 whereas for the T490s you will have to spend $1,279.
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