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MWC19 | AMD Zen+ Ryzen 3200U, 3500U, and 3700U will debut on the Lenovo IdeaPad C340 convertible series

Lenovo IdeaPad C340 convertible coming with AMD Ryzen 3200U, 3500U, and 3700U options (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo IdeaPad C340 convertible coming with AMD Ryzen 3200U, 3500U, and 3700U options (Source: Lenovo)
The upcoming mainstream Lenovo IdeaPad C340 family will be one of the first to offer Zen+ Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, and Ryzen 7 processor options that were initially unveiled at CES 2019. The AMD options should be comparable to Intel Whiskey Lake-U for at least $50 USD less when the Lenovo convertible launches next month.

Mobile World Congress is home to some of the biggest smartphone surprises of the year, but it holds a few laptop announcements as well. Lenovo has unveiled its brand new 2019 lineup of mainstream IdeaPad and high-end ThinkPad laptops at the Barcelona event all set to launch in the March to June time frame.

One of these new mainstream models is the IdeaPad C340 convertible laptop. This particular model consists of 14-inch (C340-14IWL) and 15.6-inch (C340-15IWL) SKUs that otherwise share the same I/O ports. The chassis incorporates narrow bezels, an optional backlit keyboard, glass fiber outer lid, up to a GeForce MX230 GPU, and a physical TrueBlock Privacy Shutter switch inspired by the webcam switch on the newest ThinkPad laptops.

The biggest surprise, however, is its choice of processors. While the Intel Core i3-8145U, i5-8265U, and i7-8565U Whiskey Lake-U CPUs are expected, the 14-inch C340 series will also carry next generation AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, Ryzen 5 3500U, and Ryzen 7 3700U Zen+ options with integrated Radeon RX Vega graphics. These AMD SKUs will be just a hair thicker than the 14-inch Intel variant (17.93 mm vs. 17.94 mm), but both versions will otherwise be visually identical to one another. Nonetheless, the Ideapad C340 series looks to be the best chance we will have to directly compare the performance differences between an AMD Zen+ laptop and an Intel Whiskey Lake-U laptop.

The 14-inch and 15.6-inch IdeaPad C340 family is launching this March in EMEA and this April in the U.S. for a starting price of $450 to $500 USD. SKUs may carry the usual "Flex" name when sold in the U.S. in order to ride home the 2-in-1 form factor and 360-degree hinges. The C340 follows the new Lenovo naming convention for distinguishing between convertibles and traditional laptops.

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Lenovo IdeaPad C340 AMD (14-inch only)
Lenovo IdeaPad C340 AMD (14-inch only)
Lenovo IdeaPad C340 14-inch and 15.6-inch (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo IdeaPad C340 14-inch and 15.6-inch (Source: Lenovo)

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Allen Ngo, 2019-02-25 (Update: 2019-02-22)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.