Lenovo updates its mobile PC lineup with a beefy gaming laptop, 2-in-1, more

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Lenovo revealed a huge lineup of laptops slated to arrive in May and June spanning the gaming, mainstream, premium, and 2-in-1 markets. Everything you will see in the following pages will ship with Windows 10 and support Windows Hello via optional fingerprint readers. For most of the non-gaming laptops, Lenovo is shooting for narrow bezels in the display area, such as cramming a 14-inch screen into a 13-inch chassis.

Lenovo Legion Y920

For starters, let us check out the gaming notebook. Shown above, Lenovo says this new entry in its Legion portfolio is its most powerful mobile gaming laptop to date, packing up to a GeForce GTX 1070 discrete GPU and options for two high-performance seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processors. However, the screen resolution is locked to 1,920 x 1,080, so owners wanting Ultra HD gaming will need to connect the laptop to a compatible, external display via the DisplayPort connection.

Other features that stand out with Lenovo’s latest mobile gaming rig include a mechanical keyboard with full RGB backlighting and effects, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, and what appears to be a dual-storage configuration. The laptop is not exactly lightweight but that is expected due to all the hardware crammed inside. It’s even virtual reality-ready thanks to all the included ports.

Screen size: 17.3 inches
Screen resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
Display type: IPS with Nvidia G-Sync
Processor: Intel Core i7-7820HK
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
Graphics: Up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5)
System memory: 16GB DDR4
Storage: 512GB SSD
1TB HDD
Audio: 2x two-watt JBL speakers
1x three-watt bass subwoofer
Connectivity: Killer Wireless AC 1535
Bluetooth 4.0
Ports: 4x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1x Thunderbolt 3 Type-C
1x gigabit Ethernet (Killer LAN)
1x HDMI
1x DisplayPort
1x SD card reader (6-in-1)
Keyboard: Mechanical with RGB lighting and effects
Camera: 720p
Battery: Six-cell 90 Watt-hour Li-Polymer
Dimensions (inches): 16.7 x 12.4 x 1.41
Weight: 10.14 pounds
Materials: ABS plastic
Starting price: $2,700
Availability: June 2017 (online)

Lenovo IdeaPad 320S

File this device under Lenovo’s “premium clamshell” family of laptops. Both versions of the IdeaPad 320S are mostly the same outside their obvious screen size differences. What sets them apart is the use of a discrete Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics chip in the larger model along with a second storage option. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, we do not have the actual processor information, but Lenovo is likely offering the same Intel chips across both laptops.

Note that these two laptops include a USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-c port. This is a new trend in laptops although it is no faster than the other full-size USB 3.1 Gen1 port provided on the 320S. It also won’t charge a mobile device, so the addition of the Type-C port seems more like keeping up with the latest trend rather than providing something faster that is capable of device recharging.

  14 inches 15.6 inches
Screen resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 1,920 x 1,080
Display type: IPS IPS
Processor: Up to seventh-gen Intel Core i7 Up to seventh-gen Intel Core i7
Graphics: Integrated Nvidia GeForce 940MX (2GB)
System memory: 8GB DDR4 8GB DDR4
Storage: Up to 256GB PCIe SSD Up to 512GB PCIe SSD
1TB HDD
Audio: Harman speakers with Dolby Audio Harman speakers with Dolby Audio
Connectivity: Wireless AC
Bluetooth 4.1
Wireless AC
Bluetooth 4.1
Ports: 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C
1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1x USB 2.0 Type-A
1x HDMI
1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C
1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1x USB 2.0 Type-A
1x HDMI
Keyboard: Backlit Backlit
Camera: 720p 720p
Battery: Three-cell 52 Watt-hour Three-cell 52 Watt-hour
Dimensions (inches): 12.9 x 9.31 x 0.76 14.3 x 9.9.2 x 0.78
Weight: 3.74 pounds 4.18 pounds
Materials: ABS plastic
Metallic touch paint
two-color tone-on-tone design
ABS plastic
Metallic touch paint
two-color tone-on-tone design
Starting price: $740 $750
Availability: June 2017 June 2017

Lenovo IdeaPad 320

This laptop belongs to Lenovo’s “mainstream clamshell” family of devices. Offered in two sizes, the smaller 15.6-inch unit will sell with touch and non-touch options whereas the 17.3-inch model will focus on a higher screen resolution. Based on the specs, customers will see a number of different configurations for both form factors consisting of processors up to Intel’s seventh-generation Core i7, up to 16GB of system memory, and up to 2TB of storage via a mechanical hard drive. Both will rely on integrated graphics provided by the Intel chips.

What is interesting about the IdeaPad 320 is that it includes an optical drive for reading and writing DVDs, which is not all that common on laptops as of late. The keyboard does not offer any backlighting, so you need a book light or a flashlight while secretly typing in the dark. Like the 320S, this notebook has a USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C port that does not charge and is not any faster than the two supplied full-size USB 3.1 Gen1 ports.

15.6 inches 17.3 inches
Screen resolution: 1,366 x 768, optional touch 1,600 x 900, no touch
Display type: TN TN
Processor: Up to seventh-gen Intel Core i7 Up to seventh-gen Intel Core i7
Graphics: Integrated Integrated
System memory: Up to 16GB DDR4 Up to 16GB DDR4
Storage: Up to 2TB HDD (SATA 3)
1x DVD-R/W drive
Up to 2TB HDD (SATA 3)
1x DVD-R/W drive
Audio: Dolby Audio Dolby Audio
Connectivity: Wireless AC
Bluetooth
Wireless AC
Bluetooth
Ports: 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C
2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1x HDMI
1x Ethernet
1x SD card reader (4-in-1)
1x Headphone/mic combo
1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C
2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1x HDMI
1x Ethernet
1x SD card reader (4-in-1)
1x Headphone/mic combo
Keyboard: Standard no backlighting Standard no backlighting
Camera: Up to 720p Up to 720p
Battery: Two-cell 30 Watt-hour Two-cell 30 Watt-hour
Dimensions (inches): 14.9 x 10.2 x 0.9 16.4 x 11.5 x 0.9
Weight: 4.85 pounds (starting) 6.17 pounds (starting)
Materials: ABS plastic
Soft and metallic touch paint
Two-color tone-on-tone design
ABS plastic
Soft and metallic touch paint
Two-color tone-on-tone design
Options: Fingerprint reader Fingerprint reader
Starting price: $440 (non-touch)
$490 (touch)
$490
Availability: June 2017 June 2017

Lenovo IdeaPad 720S

This is Lenovo’s premium thin and light solution measuring at just 0.63-inches thin. Weighing 3.4 pounds, the laptop will ship in several configurations with processors up to Intel’s seventh-generation Core i7, up to 16GB of system memory, and up to 512GB of storage. It will also be powered by a discrete GeForce 940MX graphics chip from Nvidia.

Note in the specs that unlike the IdeaPad 320 and 320S, the Type-C port on this laptop is powered by Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. As a comparison, Thunderbolt 3 is capable of up to 40Gbps whereas USB 3.1 Gen1 only moves at 5Gbps and USB 3.1 Gen2 zooms at 10Gbps. That said, Thunderbolt 3 tech is fast enough to support Ultra HD video output and external graphics chips.

Screen size: 14 inches
Screen resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
Display type: IPS
Processor: Up to seventh-gen Intel Core i7
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 940MX
System memory: Up to 16GB DDR4
Storage: Up to 512GB SSD PCIe
Audio: JBL speakers with Dolby Audio
Connectivity: Wireless AC
Bluetooth
Ports: 1x Thunderbolt 3 Type-C
2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1x HDMI
Keyboard: Standard backlit
Camera: 720p
Battery: Four-cell 56 Watt-hour
Dimensions (inches): 12.6 x 8.78 x 0.63
Weight: 3.4 pounds
Materials: Top – Magnesium/aluminum
Bottom – Aluminum
Options: Fingerprint reader
Starting price: $970
Availability: June 2017

Lenovo Flex 5

Finally, we have Lenovo’s latest mainstream multi-mode 2-in-1 device. Arriving in two flavors, the Flex 5 will rely on seventh-generation processors from Intel up to the Core i7, a discrete GeForce 940MX graphics chip from Nvidia, and up to 16GB of system memory. The specs indicate dual storage options, too, spanning an SSD (up to 512GB) and a hard drive (1TB).

As the specs show, the Flex 5 will feature a flexible 360-degree hinge enabling four viewing modes: laptop, stand, tent, and tablet. The device will also have optional support for Lenovo’s Active Pen stylus for on-screen handwriting, illustration, and so on. The Flex 5 specs report an option for a fingerprint reader too supported by Windows Hello for password-free access.

14 inches 15.6 inches
Screen resolution: Up to 1,920 x 1,080 Up to 3,840 x 2,160
Display type: IPS IPS
Processor: Up to seventh-gen Intel Core i7 Up to seventh-gen Intel Core i7
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 940MX Nvidia GeForce 940MX
System memory: Up to 16GB DDR4 Up to 16GB DDR4
Storage: Up to 512GB SSD PCIe
1TB HDD
Up to 512GB SSD PCIe
1TB HDD
Audio: Dolby Audio Dolby Audio
Connectivity: Wireless AC
Bluetooth 4.1
Wireless AC
Bluetooth 4.1
Ports: 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C
2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1x HDMI
1x SD card reader (4-in-1)
1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C
2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1x HDMI
1x SD card reader (4-in-1)
Keyboard: Standard backlit Standard backlit
Camera: 720p 720p
Battery: Three-cell 52.5 Watt-hour Three-cell 52.5 Watt-hour
Dimensions (inches): 12.9 x 9.01 x 0.8 14.33 x 9.72 x 0.8
Weight: 3.9 pounds 4.4 pounds
Materials: Top — Polycarbonate plastic and 30 percent glass fiber
Bottom — PC-ABS Plastic blend
Top — Polycarbonate plastic and 30 percent glass fiber
Bottom — PC-ABS Plastic blend
Display modes: Laptop
Stand
Tent
Tablet
Laptop
Stand
Tent
Tablet
Options: Active Pen support
Fingerprint reader
Active Pen support
Fingerprint reader
Starting price: $720 $830
Availability: May 2017 May 2017
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