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Lenovo announces a slew of Chromebooks, tablets, laptops, and more
Ahead of the upcoming IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Lenovo unveiled its latest Chromebooks, tablets, Windows PCs, and monitors. Let’s take a look at what the device maker has to offer over the next six months.
Lenovo Chromebook S340-14, C340-11, and C340-15
Starting with the Chromebooks, Lenovo announced three: the Chromebook S340-14, C340-11, and C340-15. As the name suggests, the S340-14 features a 14-inch Full HD IPS display. It also features up to Intel’s Celeron N4000 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, up to 10 hours of battery life, two USB-C ports, two regular USB ports, a microSD slot, and a headphone jack.
The S340-14 starts at $249.99 and launches next month. It’ll come in two colors: Onyx Black and Dark Orchid.
Next up is the C340 family, which comes in 11.6- and 15-inch sizes. The C340-11’s display maxes out at HD resolution, while the C340-15’s display can go up to Full HD. Internally, the C340-11 can go up to Intel’s Celeron N4000 processor. You can equip the C340-15 with the more-powerful Intel Core i3-8130U processor, along with 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. The C340-11 maxes out at half the C340-15’s storage, but doubles up the RAM relative to the larger Chromebook.
Both Chromebooks feature two USB-C ports, a microSD slot, and a headphone jack. Whereas the C340-11 features two regular USB ports, the C340-15 only makes do with one.
The C340-11 launches next month, starts at $289.99, and comes in Sand Pink and Platinum Grey. The C340-15 launches in October, starts at $429.99, and comes in Mineral Grey.
Lenovo Tab M7 and M8
Shifting to tablets, Lenovo announced two of them: the Tab M7 and M8. The Tab M7 features a seven-inch IPS display with 1,024 x 600 resolution, a 3,590mAh battery for up to 10 hours of use, single front and rear 2MP cameras, a headphone jack, 1 or 2GB of RAM, and 8, 16, or 32GB of expandable storage. If you get the tablet with 1GB of RAM, there’s Android Pie Go Edition. Every other configuration comes with normal Android 9 Pie.
The Tab M7 comes in two flavors: Wi-Fi/3G and LTE. The Wi-Fi/3G version includes the quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT8321 chipset, while the LTE version comes with the quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT8765B processor.
Moving to the Tab M8, the tablet features a larger eight-inch HD IPS display. There’s a second version that ups the resolution to Full HD. The Tab M8 also features cellular connectivity, MediaTek’s quad-core 2GHz Helio A22 processor, 2 or 3GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage, and a 5,000mAh battery.
The Tab M7 launches in October and starts at $89.99. The Tab M8 starts at $109.99 for the HD version and also launches in October. The Full HD version starts at $159.99.
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13
Moving back to laptops, we have the Windows-powered IdeaPad S540-13. As the name suggests, the IdeaPad S540-13 features a 13-inch IPS display with Quad HD resolution. There are also two USB-C ports, one full-size USB port, and a headphone jack.
The inside is where things pick up a bit. You can choose between the base 10th-generation Intel Core i3-10110U, Core i5-10210U, Core i7-10510U, and six-core Core i7-10710U processors. RAM is set at 8 or 16GB, while the M.2 PCIe SSD comes in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB sizes. Finally, you have your choice of Intel integrated graphics or the NVIDIA GeForce MX250.
Pricing for the IdeaPad S540-13 starts at $999.99, with availability set for October.
Lenovo L28u and G34w
We now get to Lenovo’s two new monitors: the L28u and G34w. Starting with the L28u, the mainstream-focused monitor features a 28-inch IPS anti-glare display with 4K (3,840 x 2,160) resolution. Refresh rate is kept at the standard 60Hz, though the response time can go down to 4ms when using extreme mode. For normal use, expect a 6ms response time. There’s even support for AMD FreeSync.
As for the G34w, Lenovo didn’t disclose as much about the gaming-focused monitor. According to the company, the G34w features a 34-inch curved WQHD display with a 21:9 aspect ratio. The monitor also features a 144Hz refresh rate to minimize motion blur when gaming.
The L28u starts at $299.99 and launches in November. The G34w starts at $479.99 and launches February 2020.
Lenovo IdeaCentre A540
Finally, Lenovo announced the IdeaCentre A540 all-in-one Windows desktop.
The desktop comes in two flavors: one with a 23.8-inch Full HD display, and a second with a 27-inch Quad HD display. Port selection is the same for the two sizes: three USB-C ports, two USB ports, an SD slot, an HDMI port, a LAN port, and a headphone jack. However, two of the three USB-C ports offer 10Gbps speeds — the third USB-C port offers 5Gbps speeds.
For the internals, you can pick between the Intel Core i3-9100T, Core i5-9400T, and i7-9700T processors. You can also pick 4, 8, 12, or 16GB of RAM, along with a 1TB or 2TB HDD. If you want to go SSD, you can outfit the IdeaCentre A540 with a 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD. Finally, the 24-inch and 27-inch models get the AMD Radeon RX 540X and 560X graphics cards, respectively.
A nifty feature is the Qi wireless charger integrated in the stand. Just place your compatible phone on it to charge, even when the PC is off.
The IdeaCentre A540 starts at $799.99 for the 24-inch version and $1,299.99 for the 27-inch version.