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Friday, August 31, 2012
Lenovo Reveals Portfolio of PCs Primed for Windows 8, Android Tablets


Today at the IFA consumer electronics show, Lenovo introduced an update of its Idea-branded consumer PCs, including a new IdeaPad U Series Ultrabook, IdeaPad Y and Z Series laptops, and IdeaCentre A and B Series all-in-one (AIO) desktops.

Powered by third generation Intel Core processors or AMD A-Series processors, Lenovo's new PCs offer consumers a variety of color and performance options, designed for the upcoming Windows 8 operating system.

IdeaPad U510 Ultrabook

Following in the footsteps of its predecessors, the U310 and U410, the 15-inch IdeaPad U510 combines the features of a traditional laptop with the qualities of a tablet. Measuring just 21mm thick and weighing under 2.2kg, the U510 combines high-performance technologies for responsive computing and instant-on system resume in just over a second, including up to a third generation Intel Core i7 processor, and as much as 1TB of HDD storage with an optional 32GB solid state drive cache, and a battery life of up to six hours. The U510 is also equipped with an integrated DVD reader/writer or Blu-ray Disc drive.

The IdeaPad U510 will be available September 2012 starting at US$679.

IdeaPad Y400 and Y500

The latest offerings in Lenovo?s Y Series, the IdeaPad Y400 and Y500, are designed to perform. The Y400 and Y500 feature the UltraBay - an interchangeable bay that users can instantly swap out for dual graphics capability, increased storage space or an additional fan for cooling. Each model is equipped with up to third generation Intel Core i7 processors, NVIDIA GeForce GT655M 2GB dual graphics, up to 16GB DDR3 memory, and as much as 1TB of HDD storage. With looks to match, they also feature a carbon fiber patterned cover, 14-inch and 15.6-inch LED backlit widescreen HD displays, and a dual-layer backlit AccuType keyboard with a large one-piece touchpad. The IdeaPad Y400 and Y500 also include JBL speakers and Dolby Home Theater v4?a perfect audio complement when watching HD videos.

The IdeaPad Y400 and Y500 will be available October 2012 starting at US$649.

IdeaPad Z400 and Z500

The Z400 and Z500 are 25 percent slimmer than a standard laptop. Equipped with up to third generation standard voltage Intel Core i7 processors, instead of the low-voltage processors used on ultraportable notebooks, the Z400 and Z500 are available in a range of colors, have a soft-touch exterior and a 14-inch or 15.6-inch LED backlit HD widescreen display, respectively. Combined with the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics technology, smart features like Intelligent Touchpad and access to Lenovo Cloud, the Z400 and Z500 laptops offer users a slim laptop with robust performance.

The IdeaPad Z400 will be available November 2012 starting at US$549.

The IdeaPad Z500 will be available September 2012 starting at US$549.

IdeaCentre A520

The IdeaCentre A520 is cast from the same mold as its predecessor, the IdeaCentre A720, but with a more compact 23-inch frameless 1080p full HD display that starts at US$999. The A520 supports 10-point multi-touch with a widely adjustable screen angle (from -5 to 90o flat) and IPS LED. The A520 comes with up to 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processors with Intel HD Graphics 4000 and as much as 8GB DDR3 of memory with up to 1TB of HDD storage. Additional features include Dolby certified speakers with Dolby Home Theater v4, optional Blu-ray Disc, and a range of touch-optimized multimedia applications and games.

The Lenovo IdeaCentre A520 will be available October 2012 starting at US$999.

IdeaCentre B340, B345 and B545 AIOs

Lenovo B Series all-in-one desktop PCs come packed with entertainment features right out of the box. Multimedia entertainment comes alive on the 21.5-inch (B340 and B345) and 23-inch (B545) with full HD widescreen frameless displays that support 3D vision with two pairs of glasses included?and 10-point multi-touch technologies. The B Series all-in-ones use more powerful processors and components designed for desktop tower PCs. Available with up to 3rd generation Intel Core i7 or AMD quad core processors and NVIDIA GeForce 615 2GB (B340) or AMD Radeon HD7470A 1GB (B345 and B545) graphics, users can also enjoy a great gaming experience. VESA mount compatibility gives users flexibility on where to situate their all-in-one in the home, while optional TV tuner provides great access to HDTV.

The IdeaCentre B340 and B345 will be available October 2012 starting at US$599.

The IdeaCentre B545 was available in April starting at US$699.

Android Tablets

Lenovo also revealed the 10.1 inch Ideatab S2110 and two other Android tablets, the 7-inch A2107 and the 9-inch A2107.

The S2110 tablet can be attached to a keyboard dock, giving users the choice of switching between a tablet and a notebook. The tablet features a 10.1 inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280x800 , boasts 10 finger touchscreen abilities and a Qualcomm 806A/8260A 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of eMMC internal storage, 1GB LP-DDR2 memory and a projected 10 hours of battery life. The tablet also features a rear-facing 5 MP camera with Auto Focus and LED flash as well as a 1.3 MP front-facing camera.

The tablet runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a starting price of $399.

Lenovo's two other tablets -- the 7-inch A2107 and the 9-inch A2107 -- also both run on Android 4.0.

The A2107 boasts a 720HD resolution, a dual core Texas Instruments OMAP 4 Processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The 7-inch tablet is available in both a Wi-Fi and 3G model.

The larger A2107 has a 9-inch 1280x 800 HD resolution display, a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and will be available in the coming weeks.


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