Lenovo IdeaPad S530-13IWL: New Ultrabook with Whiskey-Lake, GeForce MX150 & slim bezels surfaced
At IFA 2018, the PC manufacturer Lenovo announced a big change of its naming scheme for consumer laptops: Yoga, formerly a brand name reserved for convertibles, will now also be used for normal laptops without tablet functions. Lenovo wants Yoga to effectively compete with brands such as Dell XPS or HP Spectre.
Fittingly, the manufacturers announced its first non-convertible Yoga, the Lenovo Yoga S730, at IFA as well. This new model is the follow-up for the old Lenovo IdeaPad 720S. However, the name change also changes the positioning of this model: The new Yoga S730, which is also the first Lenovo laptop with Intel's new Whiskey-Lake CPUs, is significantly thinner than the IdeaPad 720s, drops the dGPU-option and only offers USB-C ports. These changes might turn away some potential customers who might have been interested in a straightforward update of the IdeaPad 720S.
This might be the reason why Lenovo is now launching another model with a 13.3-inch display and Whiskey Lake processors in addition to the Yoga S730-13IWL: The new Lenovo IdeaPad S530-13IWL is listed on Lenovo's PSREF page for the first time without further official announcement - whether this is a silent announcement or a leak is currently not quite clear.
Hardware-wise, the new Lenovo laptop is interesting: The Lenovo IdeaPad S530 combines a 13.3-inch display with a slim display frame and has about the same size as the popular Dell XPS 13. As already mentioned, the latest Whiskey Lake CPUs such as the Intel Core i5-8265U or the Core i7-8565U are used. Also, Lenovo will optionally offer the new IdeaPad with the Nvidia GeForce MX150. The Lenovo Yoga S730 and the Dell XPS 13 are not offered with a discrete GPU option at all.
In terms of price, the Lenovo IdeaPad S530 should be a bit below these models in theory. Of course, users have to do without some premium features like Thunderbolt 3. Also, the IPS display of the IdeaPad S530 has a maximum resolution of Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) and its battery is slightly smaller compared with its more expensive competitors (45 Wh). The chassis is also a bit thicker with 14.8 mm – on the flipside, this allows Lenovo to install two USB A ports as well as full-size HDMI.
Since the first model numbers for the Lenovo notebook S530-13IWL are already listed, it shouldn't be long before the new Ultrabook is available. Prices are not yet known. Its also unclear when and if the IdeaPad S530 will launch in the USA, because all configurations listed on Lenovo's site are for other regions like Europe.