New IdeaPad 530s surfaces on Lenovo's European website
While Lenovo’s ThinkPad line may be its most well known, its IdeaPad devices offer many of the same features in a more affordable package. Fans of the mid-range line will be pleased to know that Lenovo may be revamping the 14-inch Ideapad 520s with a slimmer and lighter model. The new IdeaPad 530s just surfaced earlier today on Lenovo’s European page.
The IdeaPad 520s looks like a respectable machine:
- CPU: Up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7
- RAM: Up to 16 GB of DDR4
- GPU: Intel Integrated graphics, Nvidia MX130, or an Nvidia MX150
- Storage: up to a 512 GB PCIe SSD (2.5” drive support)
- Display: either 14-inch FHD or WQHD IPS display
Port selection includes two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-C port, an HDMI video out, a 4-in-1 card reader, and a combo audio jack. Sadly, it doesn’t look like there’s any Thunderbolt 3 support, but that’s to be expected considering the target market of the IdeaPad line.
The 530s is a little bit slimmer than its predecessor, the 520s. The 530s measures 323.4 mm x 226 mm x 16.4 mm and weighs in at 1.49 kg. A “glass display” option (likely the WQHD model) adds a bit more heft, weighing 1.85 kg. For comparison, the 520s is 327.4 mm x 236.5 mm x 19.3 mm and weighs 1.62 kg, which is marginally larger and heavier than the new 530s.
Perhaps the most interesting note on the product page is the shipped operating system. The 530s is configured to run Windows 10 S. While Windows 10 S is very limited, Microsoft is still offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for computers running Windows 10 S, which may be enticing to some users.
Pricing isn’t final as of this writing, but a source found by Liliputing states that the Core i5-8250U model with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage should run USD $920, which pegs the device right in the mid-tier market.
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