December 11, 2019
Hardware and Software

Lenovo Launches 10 New IdeaPad, Yoga ‘Ultrabooks’

To be updated.

By EDD K. USMAN, SDN, Twitter @edd1819, Instagram @bluestar0910, Facebook: SDN — Science, Digital & Current Affairs

CHINESE tech giant Lenovo launches today, September 18, a total of 10 new IdeaPad and Yoga devices for the Philippine market.

The event at The Blue Leaf Pavilion in McKinley Hills, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, is led by Lenovo Country General Manager Michael Ngan.

He cited the new ultrabook devices’ importance in present day’s technologically-driven world.

“The Philippines will experience firsthand the powerful productivity of the latest IdeaPad and Yoga ultrabooks, supported by portable form factors and elegant design. These devices assure a seamless experience, critical in powering today’s digitally driven world regardless if it’s for work or for play,” said Ngan.

He reiterated that Lenovo introduced makeover of its consumer devices in 2018 and, in keeping with the makeover, “all of the upcoming IdeaPad and Yoga devices are ‘ultrabooks’ — powerful laptops that are less than 20mm thick and weigh less than 2kg.”

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NEW ULTRABOOKS. Lenovo Philippines Country General Manager Michael Ngan opens the event launching 10 new IdeaPad and Yoga ultrabooks (powerful modern laptops with elegant form factor). The new devices are first to be seen in the Philippines outside of Germany. (Photo: SDN — Science and Digital News)

Lenovo unveiled its new devices in the country for the first time anywhere outside of Germany where they were first introduced to the public.

Here are some of the new devices:

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The multinational technology company added that the devices are equipped with SSDs, making Lenovo “the first and only brand to carry a 100 percent Modern PC Ultrabook lineup.”

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Boosted by 10th Generation Intel Core Ice Lake or Comet Lake processors, the upcoming ultrabooks have one thing in common, “powerful performance.”

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As Intel said, the new architecture of the Ice Lake/Comet Lake processors “can handle 18 percent more instructions per clock than the previous generation.”

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Furthermore, the processors promise to deliver 16 percent more performance gains and enable 41 percent more productivity on Office 365 compared to its predecessors.

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The new ultrabooks have arrived in the Philippines immediately after being launched at one of the world’s leading trade shows for consumer electronics, IFA Berlin 2019 in Germany.

Lenovo launched a total of 10 IdeaPad and Yoga devices in the Philippines, with several offering variants in different specifications. These include the IdeaPads S130, S145, S340, S540, and C340, and the Yogas S740, S940, C640, C740, and C940.

In line with the company’s makeover of its consumer devices last year, all of the upcoming IdeaPad and Yogay devices are ultrabooks – powerful laptops that are less than 20mm thick and weigh less than 2kg. Also, by equipping the upcoming IdeaPad and Yoga ultrabooks with SSDs, Lenovo is the first and only brand to carry a 100% Modern PC Ultrabook lineup.

Enhanced performance and productivity at lightning-fast speeds

A key feature shared by most of the upcoming ultrabooks is powerful performance delivered by 10th Generation Intel® Core™ Ice Lake or Comet Lake processors. According to Intel, the processor’s new architecture can handle 18% more instructions per clock than the previous generation. In addition, they can deliver 16% more performance gains and enable 41% more productivity and multitasking on Office 365 than the previous generation chips.

Aside from being faster, the 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processors feature built-in Wi-Fi 6 support, which gives devices access to the highest speed of wireless internet and local data transfers, the ThunderBolt 3 capability, as well as the Intel® Optane™ memory H10 with Solid State Storage, that allows personalized computing experience with a new level of performance and large storage capacity. These are also the first purpose-built processors developed for Artificial Intelligence, thus containing intelligent capabilities needed for modern AI-infused applications.

To further empower students and employees at work, Lenovo is bundling a free Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 perpetual license worth Php6,995 for the upcoming ultrabooks. This can be availed of upon purchasing the premium devices such as the Yoga S940 and IdeaPad S540. Lenovo CID
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All of the upcoming IdeaPad and Yoga ultrabooks will also be equipped with solid state drives (SSDs) for faster performance, including entry-level devices that usually only have hard disk drive (HDD) storage and a slot for optional SSD. With this move, Lenovo is transforming the entry-level and budget laptop space for consumers by making the devices powerful enough to withstand the need for frequent upgrades. A majority of the laptops will have high performance SSDs that can reach up to 1TB PCIE NVMe.

Powerful ultrabooks at the forefront

Headlining the new devices are the IdeaPad S540, Yoga S740, and IdeaPad C940 — three premium ultrabooks that work and play in style with their powerful 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processor, sleek design, and a range of smart features.

Coming to the market in different variants for its 13”, 14”, and 15” models, the IdeaPad S540 offers heavy-duty performance in addition to its premium look and feel. Users of the device are in for a visual treat due to its narrow bezels on all sides that allow 92% screen-to-body ratio, wide-angle viewing, and either QHD or FHD resolution options with some of the best color calibrations available.

The device also includes built-in AI features such as hands-free login thanks to its IR camera capable of facial recognition login and the smart assistant Cortana. It also has an intelligent thermal solution that manages the device’s cooling. The 13” model will have an Intel® Core™ i5-10210U processor, while the 14” and 15” models will have an Intel® Core™ i7-10510U processor. Prices start at Php 49,995.

The Yoga S740, with the 15” models available in two variants, on the other hand, has features that make it an entertainment powerhouse. For instance, it has a 4K VESA400 HDR display with 500nits and Dolby Atmos® sound.

Together with its NVIDIA® GeForce GTX™ 1650 graphics card and either an Intel® Core™ i7-9750H or i9-9980H processor, the laptop is able to handle the latest games and create multimedia content with ease.

Crafted from sand-blasted premium aluminum, the ultra-sleek clamshell offers sophisticated style with thoughtful details including a webcam privacy shutter. The Intel® Core™ i7-9750H variant is priced at PHP 89,995, while the Intel® Core™ i9-9980H variant is available for Php119,995.

Lastly, the Yoga C940, with the 14’’ model available in two colors, incorporates features yet to be seen for a Lenovo device. A 2-in-1 convertible device, the oga C940 has a unique rotating sound bar with Dolby Atmos® technology attached to its 360-degree hinge which allows for an uninterruptible audio experience when changing laptop modes.

Complementing its impeccable audio is its VESA-Certified DisplayHDR™ that is 50% brighter than standard SDR displays. Equipped with an Intel® Core™ i7-1065G7 processor, the YOGA C940 has a smart Intelligent Cooling mode that optimizes battery life to enable it to save 15-20% more power from its 16-hr battery. It is available for Php99,995.

Announced during IFA Berlin 2019, the 14-inch Yoga C940 and Yoga S740 were developed as part of Project Athena – a collaboration with Intel as part of the latter’s innovation program to help develop a new class of industry-leading laptops.

The IdeaPads S130, S145, and C340 are now available in the Philippines, while the IdeaPads S340 and S540, and Yoga C640, C740 (14”), and S740 will arrive in local stores in October. The Yoga devices C740 (15”), C940, and S940 will be available in November in all major electronics stores. Buyers at the launch can get up to Php4,000 off the suggested retail price plus free Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 worth Pph6,995. (SDN/Lenovo Philippines)

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