MWC19 | Lenovo IdeaPad S340 and S540 with AMD Ryzen Zen+ will undercut the Intel SKU by $150 USD
Take one step down from the flagship Lenovo Yoga series and you'll get the budget-mainstream Lenovo IdeaPad series. After revealing the IdeaPad C340 convertible series and the new ThinkPad refresh at MWC 2019, the Chinese OEM has lifted the curtains off its budget IdeaPad S340 and mainstream S540 families of traditional Windows laptops.
Much like the IdeaPad C340, the IdeaPad S340 and S540 will each have 14-inch (S340-14API, S540-14IWL) and 15.6-inch (S340-15API, S540-15IWL) options. The main differences between the costlier S540 and the less expensive S340 are GPU options, screen brightness, and thickness. The higher-end aluminum S540 can go up to the GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with a 300-nit display and a thickness of just 15.9 mm compared to the GeForce MX250 GPU, 250-nit display, and 17.9 mm thickness of the carbon fiber S340. All models will otherwise have narrow bezels, PCIe SSDs, up to FHD resolution panels, and a physical Privacy Shutter webcam switch.
AMD Zen+ Ryzen 3 3200U, 3500U, and 3700U processor options will also be available across the IdeaPad S340 and S540 series for both 14-inch and 15.6-inch screen sizes. Of course, these AMD-based SKUs will be limited to the Radeon RX Vega GPU with none of the aforementioned Nvidia options.
The IdeaPad S340 and S540 will launch this March in EMEA and this April in the United States. The naming convention follows Lenovo's recent change in how it labels and markets its laptops.