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Lenovo launches new IdeaPad notebooks with Intel and AMD options

You have the freedom to choose

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Alongside the business notebooks under the ThinkPad series, Lenovo‘s consumer line of IdeaPad laptops also has new models. Whether it’ll be for everyday computing or serious multimedia usage, Lenovo gives buyers the freedom to choose.

Apart from multiple models, fans will be glad to know that they also have the option to either get an Intel-powered laptop or try out AMD’s newest processors with improved graphics performance.


IdeaPad C340

First is the IdeaPad C340 which appears to be a cheaper version of the Lenovo Yoga C930 we reviewed. Despite not having Yoga in the name, the IdeaPad C340 boasts a 360-degree hinge to transform from a laptop to a tablet in seconds.

It’ll come in two display sizes: 14 and 15 inches. The screen’s resolution is up to Full HD plus there’s support for touch and pen input. The laptop also has a few processor options from Intel’s Core series and AMD’s Ryzen family. Graphics-wise, you either opt for the NVIDIA GeForce MX230 or Ryzen’s built-in Radeon RX Vega.

With up to 16GB of memory and up to 1.5TB storage (SSD and HDD combined), the IdeaPad C340 is great for school or office work that requires photo and video editing.

Other features include up to eight hours of battery life, Dolby Audio-enhanced speakers, a 720p webcam with Privacy Shutter, and support for RapidCharge technology.

Pricing starts at US$ 450 for both the Intel and AMD variants. Expect it to be in stores by March 2019.

IdeaPad S540

The IdeaPad S540 is more of a mainstream laptop with all the essential features plus a boost in graphics. While maintaining a slim profile, the IdeaPad S540 can be equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 for gaming on the go.

Complementing the discrete graphics is Intel’s latest Core processors. There’s also the AMD Ryzen option with Radeon RX Vega integrated graphics. The IdeaPad S540’s display comes in either 14 or 15 inches with thinner three-side bezels.

Memory and storage is up to 12GB and 1TB, respectively. For extra speed, Intel’s Optane memory is also available. With all of its power, the laptop is kept cool by dual-action fans inside its aluminum chassis.

The rest of the specs include stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, a 720p webcam with Privacy Shutter, and a battery that’s rated to last for up to 12 hours.

The laptop will come in Abyss Blue, Copper, and Mineral Grey. Its price starts at US$ 730 for the AMD variant, while the Intel model has a base price of US$ 850.

IdeaPad S340

The last on the list is the IdeaPad S340. This laptop offers basic computing, but it doesn’t sacrifice looks or performance. Lenovo aims to give key technology features within the budget of the consumers, according to their press release.

Like the other two, the IdeaPad S340 will also come in two display sizes and either Intel or AMD processors. It can support up to 12GB of memory and up to 2TB HDD if needed. Graphics performance will be taken care of by the optional NVIDIA GeForce MX250.

Lenovo rates the battery life to last between ten and eight hours depending on whether the discrete graphics unit is in use or not.

Price starts at US$ 370 for the 14-inch model with Intel Core processors, while the bigger 15-inch variant starts at US$ 430 with AMD Ryzen processors.

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Lenovo launches new generation ThinkPads, ThinkVision displays

Up your business game with these new devices

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Business professionals have to stay on top of their game while at work. Whether it’s in the office or in coffee shops, a professional’s business skills has to be coupled with a performance-driving machine. For Lenovo, their next generation ThinkPad and ThinkVision devices hope to provide the level of efficiency and portability for modern-day businesses.

Lenovo Philippines launched five new ThinkPad devices for the Philippine business market. The next generation ThinkPad brings the company’s longstanding premium features and performance.


The new Lenovo T490 spearheads the lineup, with an 8th-gen Intel processor and an optional NVIDIA MX250 graphics card. This device also has a high memory capacity that expands up to 48GB of RAM to couple with a solid state drive up to 512GB.

All other ThinkPad devices contain features on portability and enhanced performance. The Lenovo X390 is a lightweight device packed with a battery that lasts for 18 hours and charges fast through its Rapid Charge feature.

Meanwhile, the Lenovo L390 features a 13.3-inch touchscreen display for a more interactive experience with complex data sets. Finally, the entry level Lenovo E490 and E490s feature performance boosting features like Intel Optane memory and an optional AMD Radeon 540X graphics card.

New ThinkVision displays

Lenovo did not stop there as they’ve also announced their new ThinkVision displays in the ThinkVision M14 and S24e-10. The Lenovo ThinkVision M14 is a portable monitor that will serve as a secondary display on the go. The Lenovo ThinkVision S24e-10, meanwhile is 1080p FHD display that will deliver clear, crisp image quality fit for business presentations.

The new Lenovo ThinkPads start at PhP 43,990 (US$ 864), with the Lenovo 7490 starting at PhP 73,990 (US$ 1453). Meanwhile, the Lenovo ThinkVision displays start at PhP 8,990 (US$ 177) for the ThinkVision S24e-10 and PhP 13,990 (US$ 275) for the ThinkVision M14.

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Apple discontinues the 12-inch Macbook and 2017 Macbook Air

Both models are gone from Apple’s online store

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Apple is discontinuing the 12-inch Macbook which was announced and sold by Apple four years ago. The company is also killing off the 2017 Macbook Air.

The 12-inch Macbook was introduced in 2015. The controversial and highly-divisive laptop features a 12-inch Retina display, an Intel Y-series processor, and a single USB-C port. Meanwhile, the 2017 Macbook Air was a refresh of the second-generation Macbook Air featuring a 13-inch non-Retina display, an Intel 5th-generation processor, and USB-A ports with a MagSafe connector.


As it stands, both the 12-inch Macbook and 2017 Macbook Air are not available anymore at Apple’s online store. The move by Apple follows its recent revamping of its Macbook lineup. Following the recent revamp, both the third-generation Macbook Air and Macbook Pro receive substantial updates and lower price tags.

Starting today, only the third-generation Macbook Air and the Macbook Pro is available to purchase from the online store. However, Apple authorized resellers and physical stores might still sell the discontinued products until their supplies last.

SEE ALSO: MacBook Air and MacBook Pro get updates

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MacBook Air and MacBook Pro get updates

There’s a back-to-school promo!

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Apple’s latest updates on its MacBooks stream lines their laptop line which may have appeared confusing for a time. The 12-inch MacBook is now officially dead and refreshes to both the MacBook Pro base model as well as the MacBook Air creates a clearer distinction between the notebooks.

The Touch Bar Line

Beginning with this refresh all MacBook Pros will now feature a Touch Bar as well as Touch ID. These were only previously available to Apple’s higher end MacBook Pro models. The new entry-level MacBook Pro now offers a 1.4GHz quad-core 8th Gen Core i5 chip (upgradeable up to 3.9GHz) from Intel’s Coffee Lake lineup.


If you’re yearning for more ports, you’ll be disappointed as this model will continue to have only two USB-C ports instead of four that’s found on the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

MacBook Air’s new display

Apple has also updated the MacBook Air adding the True Tone display technology to keep it in line the company’s other devices. The tech automatically adjusts the display’s colors based on ambient light to achieve more natural colors. The specs remain the same meaning the MacBook Air will continue to be powered by Intel’s dual-core 8th Gen i5.

Student Promos

Both devices are part of Apple’s back-to-school promotion that can be availed by higher education students, their parents, faculty, staff and home-school teachers through the Apple Education Store. The promotion includes a pair of qualifying Beats headphones with the purchase of any eligible Mac or iPad, as well as education discounts on qualifying Mac, iPad, AppleCare, select accessories and services.

As part of the promo, the MacBook Air will start at US$ 999 and SG$1,449 in Singapore. Meanwhile, the base model MacBook Pro will start at
$1,199 in the US while it’s priced at SG$ 1,749 in Singapore.

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