PC MAKER Lenovo has taken to Mobile World Congress to show off upgrades to its, er, mid-range ThinkPad and IdeaPad laptops.
They're not quite as exciting as a bendy 5G smartphone, but first up are the smallest ThinkPad and its convertible sibling; the ThinkPad X390 (above) and X390 Yoga. Gone is the tiny 12.5in screen found on Lenovo's X200 series laptops, and instead you'll find a larger 13.3in 1920x1080 display squeezed into the same-sized chassis thanks to a 50 per cent reduction in bezel size.
Underneath, there's an 8th-gen Intel Core vPro i7 processor and to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage, and up to 16GB or 32GB RAM depending on whether you opt for the standard or convertible model.
Lenovo says this ThinkPad X390, which also offers WiFi 6 connectivity, will offer up to 18 hours on battery power, while the X390 Yoga will offer up to 14.5.
With a focus on enterprise buyers, the ThinkPad X390 features Lenovo's nifty PrivacyGuard feature, which uses its embedded IR camera to detect if someone is looking over your shoulder. While this isn't on the convertible X390 Yoga, it does feature ThinkShutter, a mechanical webcam shutter.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X390 will be available in June starting at $1,099, while the Yoga variant will be priced from $1,359.
Lenovo is also updating its T series of ThinkPads for 2019 in the form of the ThinkPad T490, T490s and T590 which all feature the firm's PrivacyGuard feature and ThinkShutter webcam cover.
The T490 features a 14in display, can be configured with an optional Nvidia MX250 GPU and offers 16.1 hours of battery life, while the ThinkPad T490s packs the same 14in WQHD panel into a thinner and lighter frame, which means there's no option for Nvidia graphics. It does have better stamina though, offering up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge.
The ThinkPad T490 and T490s will both be available in June priced from $999 and $1,279 respectively.
The ThinkPad T590 (below) boasts the same internal specs as the T490, but offers a higher-spec 15.6in screen with optional 4K HDR Dolby Vision panel. It'll offer up to 15 hours of battery life, and will be available in June from $1,029.
Lenovo has also updated its IdeaPad lineup, and first up is the IdeaPad S540, which now includes Intel's 8th-gen Core i7 processors or AMD's Ryzen 7 3700U processors and an option for Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050 discrete graphics card.
You'll also find Lenovo's PrivacyGuard feature, an option for a 14in or 15in screen, up to 12GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage.
A 14in Intel model will be available $879.99, a 15in version for $849.99, and a 14in AMD variant starting at $729.99.
The IdeaPad S340 has also been given a slight makeover, and also offers a choice between Intel's 8th Gen Core i7 processors or AMD's Ryzen 7 3700U processor. You'll also find up to 12GB RAM, 14in and 15in display options, and a premium carbon fibre and aluminium chassis. Pricing for the S340 will start from $369.99 when it becomes available next month. µ
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