IFA 2015 | Lenovo unveils refreshed Ideapad Y700 gaming series
AMD teased the new series at IDF, but Lenovo has now fully revealed the details on the Y50 and Y70 successor just in time for IFA in Berlin.
The Y700 series will supplant both the Y50 and Y70 and will include 15-inch and 17-inch models. Thus, we don't expect to see a "Y500" anytime soon. The series will launch with both Intel Skylake and AMD Carrizo variants with the expected discrete graphics, JBL 2 x 2 speakers, and 3 Watt subwoofer. GPU options will be up to the GTX 960M and Radeon R9 series. Interestingly, the AMD configuration (Y700-15ACZ) will be limited to a 15-inch 1080p IPS option while the Intel configuration (Y700-15ISK) gets an optional UHD (3840 x 2160) touchscreen and 14-inch (Y700-14ISK) and 17-inch (Y700-17ISK) sizes as well. New to the Y series as a whole are DDR4 and the RealSense 3D camera, the latter of which will be available only on the 15-inch model for now.
As for the chassis, the Y700 will be largely the same as the original with just minimal extra touches around the rear edges and corners. Our original Y70 review model had a manufacturing defect on the rear corner with a visible gap between the materials, so the new changes may have been in response to quality concerns. The 15-inch Y700 will be 387 x 277 x 25.95 mm in dimensions.
The successful Y series has prompted Lenovo to launch a line of gaming accessories as well. This is akin to Razer, MSI, Asus, and most others who have branded gaming gear to go along with their respective gaming notebooks. Thus, users can expect sleek-looking Y series mice, headphones, mechanical Cherry keyboards, and bags.
The 15.6-inch Y700 will be coming this October starting at $949. Its accessories will launch even sooner later this month. See the specification cards below for more hardware details.