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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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Apple updates MacBook Pro lineup with tweaked keyboard and 8-core chip

The fastest Mac notebook ever

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Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch) | GadgetMatch

Apple‘s popular line of pro notebooks is getting more powerful with Intel’s new 8th- and 9th-gen Core chips. Other laptop manufacturers already announced their latest models featuring the new processors and Apple doesn’t want to get left behind.

For the first time ever, consumers can get a MacBook Pro with an 8-core processor which is two times faster than an older quad-core MacBook Pro and has 40 percent better performance than the previous 6-core MacBook Pro.


The MacBook Pro refresh for mid-2019 greatly benefits the 15-inch model with Touch Bar. The base model now has a 6-core i7 processor and its high-end sibling has an 8-core i9 processor. If you wish, it can be configured to an even more powerful 8-core i9 chip which can turbo boost up to 5.0GHz. This is what Apple calls “the fastest Mac notebook ever.”

Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch) | Image credit: Apple

The 13-inch Touch Bar models also get a processor refresh with the base model now equipped with a faster 8th-gen quad-core i5. It can be upgraded to a quad-core i7 with a turbo boost of up to 4.7GHz.

Apart from the new processors, the rest of the MacBook Pro specs remain unchanged. However, the Cupertino company opted to use a new material for its keyboard which should reduce issues. It’s the same third-generation butterfly keyboard design from previous models, though.

The refreshed MacBook Pro 15-inch models start at US$ 2,399 in the US or SG$ 3,499 in Singapore, while the smaller 13-inch models start at US$ 1,799 or SG$ 2,599.

SEE ALSO: Apple might increase the iPhone’s price by 14 percent

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Huawei’s MateBook X Pro and MateBook 13 are now in Singapore

There’s also a new color for P30 Pro

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Huawei Matebook X Pro (2019)

The new MateBook 13 and MateBook X Pro have found their way to Singapore. Huawei‘s new laptops are part of the Chinese company’s product offering expansion to cater to a growing customer base in the country.

First unveiled at CES 2019, the MateBook 13 is one of the well-reviewed Windows notebook today. It’s a portable 13-inch laptop that combines the aesthetics of a MacBook and the power of Windows 10. The laptop’s 2K display with a 3:2 aspect ratio is probably its best asset. Also, what’s under the hood is also promising.


The MateBook 13 is powered by either eighth-gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 chips paired with high-speed PCIe SSD of up to 512GB. Additionally, Huawei’s notebook has NVIDIA GeForce MX150 to boost graphics performance. It also has the new Huawei Share OneHop that lets Huawei phone users transfer files with just a tap.

Huawei MateBook 13 | GadgetMatch

The MateBook 13 has a starting price of SG$ 1,348 for the Core i5 model with 256GB of storage. If you wish to get the more powerful Core i7 variant with 512GB of storage, it’ll cost SG$ 1,498. The laptop comes with a 2-year warranty.

Both variants will be available in stores by the end of May. Those who will buy at The PC Show from May 30 to June 2 will receive a free Huawei Watch GT Active and Huawei Backpack.

The flagship MateBook X Pro (2019) is also coming to Singapore. The more premium Huawei laptop has a 14-inch Ultra FullView display with a 3K resolution and 100 percent sRGB coverage. It’s complemented by four speakers tuned with Dolby Atmos.

Huawei MateBook X Pro (2019) | GadgetMatch

Inside, it has the latest Intel Core processors plus the updated NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics. The laptop is cooled by two Shark Fin Fans 2.0 for better performance. What’s more, it has Thunderbolt 3 ports for faster two-way data transmission of up to 40Gbps.

Another notable feature of the MateBook X Pro (2019) is its outstanding battery life of up to 12 hours, the company claims. It also has the Huawei Share OneHop feature for easy file transfer between the laptop and a phone.

Local pricing and availability of the MateBook X Pro (2019) will be announced at a later date. While we wait, check out our unboxing video below:

Along with the arrival of the laptops, Huawei is also bringing the Amber Sunrise model of the P30 Pro with 512GB of storage. It’ll be available from May 30 exclusively at Huawei Concept Stores and Lazada for SG$ 1,698.

SEE ALSO: Huawei MateBook 13 review: 5 reasons to make the switch

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ThinkBook is Lenovo’s new line of business-oriented laptops

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme gets a refresh, too!

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Lenovo ThinkBook 13s and ThinkPad 14s | Image credit: Lenovo

When we think about business laptops, the famous ThinkPad comes first into our minds. Lenovo, the current maker of ThinkPad notebooks, now has a new sub-brand to cater to the growing enterprise market — the ThinkBook.

Under the ThinkBook line, Lenovo has two new laptops. First is the ThinkBook 13s which is primarily built for mobile business. It features a slim and metal body with a mineral gray finish. As its name suggests, it has a 13.3-inch IPS display with a Full HD resolution and Dolby Vision support. It also has Harman-branded speakers with Dolby Audio.


Like with current ThinkPads, the 13-inch ThinkBook is equipped with a physical camera shutter for full control over camera and privacy. It has an anti-spill design for its keyboard and a lay-flat hinge as well. As for its battery life, it promises up to 14 hours with its 45Whr cell.

Lenovo ThinkBook 13s | Image credit: Lenovo

If you prefer a bigger notebook, there’s also the ThinkBook 14s. It practically has the same metal body and mineral gray finish of the 13s, but with a bigger 14-inch Full HD display. It has the same anti-spill keyboard and lay-flat hinge, too. With its larger screen though, it has a slightly shorter battery life of 10 hours.

Specs-wise, both share the same eighth-gen Intel Core i7 processor with up to 16GB DDR4 memory and 512GB SSD. There’s an option to have discrete graphics using AMD’s Radeon 540X.

Lenovo ThinkBook 14s | Image credit: Lenovo

Connectivity is one of the strengths of business notebooks. The new ThinkBook line is no different. It’s equipped with a USB-C (Gen2), two USB 3.1, an HDMI, and a 3.5mm combo jack. It also comes with a fingerprint reader built into the power button and TPM 2.0 security chip.

What will make the ThinkBook appealing for businesses is its price. The ThinkBook 13s starts at US$ 729. Meanwhile, the ThinkBook 14s starts at US$749. Both will ship in the US this month.

For those who need more power and have extra cash can look into the refreshed ThinkPad X1 Extreme. The second-generation X1 Extreme now has the option for a 4K OLED touchscreen and ninth-gen Core i9 processors.

Lenovo ThinkPad Extreme X1 | Image credit: Lenovo

The graphics department has also updated the old NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti to the newer GTX 1650 Max-Q. The upgrade should offer a small bump in performance and support for new features. Pricing starts at US$ 1,500 for the base variant which starts shipping in July. The OLED version won’t come until August.

SEE ALSO: We tried Lenovo’s foldable ThinkPad PC and it screams future

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