Erica Flores

Lenovo’s smallest and best-selling ThinkPad laptops …

Lenovo is making some largely incremental updates to its more affordable IdeaPad notebooks and its ThinkPad X and T series today. While laptops of $ 1,000 or more may be the most exciting and premium devices, they are the models under $ 1,000 that most consumers opt for. Lenovo is now trying to bring some of its more premium features at these lower prices.

Lenovo’s updated IdeaPad S540 now includes Intel Core 8 i Gen processors or AMD Ryzen 7 3700U processors and an option for Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 discrete graphics card. Lenovo has also cut its bezels by more than 25 percent, and added privacy protection for the webcam – both trends that started at the higher end of laptops. The IdeaPad S540 will be available in 14- and 15-inch (1920 x 1080) versions, with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of SSD storage. Lenovo is releasing three versions in April and June, with the 14-inch Intel model starting at $ 879.99, the 15-inch Intel version at $ 849.99, and a 14-inch AMD variant starting at $ 729.99.

This year’s IdeaPad S340 is getting some similar upgrades too, with a choice between the Intel Core 8 i Gen processors or AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700U processor. Both models will include up to 12GB of RAM and 14-inch or 15-inch display options. Lenovo is also trimming the bezels here and adding a webcam privacy feature, along with the use of carbon fiber and an aluminum finish. Both models will be available in March and April, with the 14-inch Intel variant priced at $ 369.99, the 15-inch version priced at $ 449.99, and the 15-inch AMD model priced at $ 429.99.

On the ThinkPad side, the smaller ThinkPad is getting a bigger 13-inch screen this year. However, that doesn’t mean it’s getting bigger overall. Lenovo has compressed this 13.3-inch (1920 x 1080) display in the ThinkPad X390, with 50% thinner bezels. Inside is the 8th Gen Intel Core vPro i7 processor, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage. Lenovo says this little ThinkPad will run for almost 18 hours on battery power, and it has a Thunderbolt 3 port, USB-C, two regular USB ports, and even an HDMI port and microSD support.

Lenovo has also incorporated a smart PrivacyGuard feature into the ThinkPad X390 that uses the IR camera to detect if someone is behind you to enable privacy alerts or even the ability to darken the screen and make it only visible if you are sitting directly in front of it. to the laptop. ThinkPads are aimed at businesses large and small, so it’s a smart feature to keep people from looking over their shoulders if you’re working on a confidential document in a coffee shop or on an airplane. There is also a ThinkShutter webcam cover for privacy. Lenovo’s ThinkPad X390 will be available in June starting at $ 1,099, and the company will also launch a ThinkPad X390 yoga variant with its typical 2-in-1 features priced at $ 1,359.

Lenovo is also updating its best-selling ThinkPads T-series for 2019. Like the IdeaPads, this year is mostly about enhancements to the ThinkPad T490, with the PrivacyGuard feature, ThinkShutter webcam cover, two far-field microphones and a new HDR IPS screen option. The slimmest T490s also has a choice of a low-power 1080 panel or HDR display, PrivacyGuard feature, a new aluminum top cover, and is overall 13 percent thinner than last year’s model. Both the ThinkPad T490 and T490 will be available in June, with the T490 priced at $ 999 and the T490 priced at $ 1,279.