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IFA 2015 | Lenovo unveils the Ideapad 500 and 500S series

Lenovo unveils the Ideapad 500 and 500S series
Lenovo unveils the Ideapad 500 and 500S series
The mainstream models will feature Skylake , Nvidia, and AMD options at low starting prices.

The Ideapad 500 will be available in 14-inch and 15.6-inch screen sizes of up to 1080p resolution. Each SODIMM slot can now hold up to 8 GB of DDR3L RAM. The Kaveri AMD A10-7300 APU will power one configuration alongside the optional mid-range Radeon R7 M360 GPU. The 14-inch and 15.6-inch models will start at $400 and $600 USD, respectively.

Curiously, the Intel configuration for the Ideapad 500 carries more connectivity features: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, and VGA are all available. Users can configure up to a Core i7 Skylake CPU with an optional keyboard backlight. Configurations with dedicated SSDs will not be offered here as opposed to the AMD configuration. In return, users can choose to have the RealSense 3D camera for the 15.6-inch model. Graphics options are identical to the AMD configuration with no Nvidia options. The 14-inch and 15.6-inch models will start at $500 and $850 USD, respectively.

Lastly, the Ideapad 500s will be the thinner and lighter variant in the series. The 13.3-inch model will weigh just 1.5 kg while both the 14-inch and 15.6-inch models will weigh 2.1 kg each. Storage options are available up to a 256 GB SSD alongside the usual Core i7 Skylake CPU. The new GeForce 920M 2G GPU will be available with no AMD options. Prices start from $500 USD.

Expect the Ideapad 500 and Ideapad 500S to launch this October alongside the Ideapad 300/300S and Ideapad 100/100S.

Ideapad 500 (AMD)

  • Windows 10 Home
  • 14-inch / 15.6-inch up to 1920 x 1080
  • Up to AMD A10-7300
  • Up to 8GB DDR3L RAM
  • Up to 1TB HDD / 1TB SSHD / 128GB SSD
  • Optional optical drive
  • USB 3.0 & HDMI
  • Standard 802.11 a/c WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • 4-in-1 card reader (SD,SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
  • Optional AMD Radeon R7 M360
  • Up to 4 hour battery life
  • Weight: 14-inch: 2.1 kg / 15.6-inch 2.3 kg

Ideapad 500 (Intel)

  • Windows 10 Home
  • 14-inch / 15.6-inch up to 1920 x 1080
  • Up to Intel 6th generation Core i7
  • Up to 8GB DDR3L RAM
  • Up to 1TB HDD / 1TB SSHD
  • Optional optical drive
  • USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA
  • Standard 802.11 a/c WiFi
  • 4-in-1 card reader (SD,SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
  • AMD Radeon R7 M360 GFX / Integrated Intel Graphics
  • Optional backlit keyboard
  • Up to 4 hours battery life
  • Optional RealSense camera (only for 15.6-inch model)

Ideapad 500S

  • Windows 10 Home
  • 13-inch / 14-inch / 15.6-inch up to 1920 x 1080
  • Up to Intel 6th generation Core i7
  • Up to  8GB DDR3L RAM
  • 13.3-inch: Up to 1TB HDD / Up to 500GB SSHD / Up to 128GB SSD; 14-inch & 15.6: Up to 1TB HDD / Up to 1TB SSHD / Up to 256GB SSD
  • Integrated Intel Graphics / Up to NVIDIA GeForce 920M 2G
  • Stereo speakers
  • 2 x USB 3.0, USB 2.0 & HDMI, 4-in-1 card reader(SD,SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
  • Up to 4.5 hours battery life
  • Weight: 13.3-inch: 1.5 kg; 14-inch & 15.6-inch: 2.1 kg

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Andreas Müller/ Allen Ngo, 2015-09- 4 (Update: 2015-09- 4)
Allen Ngo
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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.