CHINESE multinational technology company Lenovo Group Ltd. continued on Friday to cement its product lineup in the Philippines, launching five new AMD-powered laptops running on Ryzen processors.
Michael Ngan, country general manager of Lenovo Philippines, lead the launch at Grand Hyatt Manila, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila.
They are the Yoga 530; IdeaPad 720S; IdeaPad 330; IdeaPad 330S; and IdeaPad 330, all sporting AMD processors.
The new devices serve to refresh Lenovo’s product offerings to Filipino consumers, and part of its goal of bringing the latest technology straight to users.
Ngan noted the buzz surrounding the processors of AMD (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.), with headquarters in California, United States.
“AMD’s newest processors are getting a lot of praise due to their powerful performances, especially when it comes to running multiple tasks, heavy programs included. We partnered with AMD to provide Filipinos such cutting-edge technology equipped to support the ever-growing performance demands of the market,” Ngan said at the event on November 29.
It can be recalled that AMD, last year, released its Ryzen lineup of processors with multi-core setup. With the power of two or more cores in a single chip, Ryzen delivers industry -leading performance when it comes to running intensive programs involved in a digital content creation, 3D rendering, gaming and streaming, CAD work, among other tasks.
Not only that as AMD Ryzen processors has provisions for simultaneous multi-threading (SMT), which is an instance when the processor splits each of its physical cores into virtual cores known as threads.
The reason behind the SMT is to increase performance and allow each core to run two instruction streams at once because SMT allows various operations to be broken down into smaller parts and have those processes carried out more efficiently.
AMD warmly welcomed working with Lenovo for the Philippine market which Peter Chambers, director for Consumer Sales, AMD Asia Pacific and Japan.
Lenovo Philippines and AMD executives at launch of 5 new laptops. Holding a microphone is Michael Ngan, country general manager, and Sally Yu, sales lead. At left is Dustin Beadle, sales lead, AMD Asia Pacific and Japan. (EKU)
“AMD is thrilled to be partnering with Lenovo to bring our Ryzen Mobile processor to technology to market in the Philippines. We are very pleased to continue to expand our business together with the largest range of products we have ever launched with Lenovo Philippines,” said Chambers.
“We have added new Lenovo offerings to our Ryzen Mobile portfolio, which all feature award-winning Ryzen processors, and in partnership with our high performance Radeon graphics technology, deliver great multi-tasking experience and are also excellent for gaming and content creation.”
Here are the specifications and prices of the five new laptops that Lenovo and AMD unveiled:
A 14-inch convertible laptop, the Yoga 530 has a 360-degree hinge that allows it to cycle through Lenovo’s signature four modes – laptop, tablet, tent, and stand. It can have up to an AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U processor, built to handle various multimedia tasks thanks to its multi-core capabilities. It can also have up to Radeon™ RX Vega 10 Graphics, up to 16GB DDR 4 RAM, and up to 512 GB PCIe SSD storage.
Price starts at P34,995.
Weighing only 1.14 kg and 13.6 mm thin, the IdeaPad 720S is one of the lightest laptops in the market. Despite its small frame, it packs a punch with its AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U Mobile Processor, Radeon™ Vega Mobile Graphics, 512 GB PCIe SSD storage, and 8 GB DDR4 RAM.
Price starts at P59,995.
Built for those on a tight budget, the IdeaPad 330 comes with all features needed for daily work, study, or entertainment needs. The 14-inch model can have up to AMD Stoney Ridge A9-9425 Processor, while the 15-inch model can have up to AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U Mobile Processor with Radeon™ RX Vega 10 Graphics. Also, the 14-inch model can have up to 8GB DDR memory, while the 15-inch model can have memory of up to 16GB DIMM. For storage, the 14-inch model can have up to 2TB SATA HDD, while the 15-inch model can have up to 2TB SATA HDD.
Price starts at P26,995.
Coming out in the market with 14- and 15-inch variations, the IdeaPad 330S is a device that combines both power and portability. The 14-inch model starts at 0.75 inches thin and weighs around 3.7 lb., which can support up to an AMD A9-9425 processor. The 15-inch model on the other hand starts at 0.76 inches thin and 4.1 lbs. and can have up to an AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U Mobile Processor with integrated Radeon™ RX Vega 10 Graphics. Both can have up to an AMD Radeon™ 540 graphics card, up to 8GB memory, and up to 2TB SATA HDD for storage.
Price starts at P30,995.
Built for first-time PC buyers, the IdeaPad 130 has a wide-angle 15.6-inch display with up to FHD Anti-Glare resolution. The video quality is complemented and enhanced by the crisp audio provided by Dolby® Audio™. It can have up to an AMD A9-9425 processor, up to AMD Radeon™ 530 graphics, up to 8GB DDR4 memory, and up to 1 TB HDD storage. Despite not being part of the Ryzen lineup, the AMD A9-9425 is powerful in its own right as it consists of two CPU cores and three GPU cores, enough to handle medium to heavy graphics tasks.
Price starts at P16,995.
All the five new laptops have built-in Windows 10 Home operating system out-of-the-box, affording users access to special features such a Battery Saver, Windows Hello facial security login, and the smart assistant Cortana. All devices are now available in major electronics stores.
Ngan said Lenovo has no plans to come up with 10-inch Notebooks because the category is dominated by tablets. (Lenovo Philippines/EKU) — All images by EKU.