Lenovo IdeaPad S300, S400 & S405 Notebooks Launch, Start at $499

Lenovo showed off a new batch of thin and light notebooks at IFA 2012 in Berlin Germany this week. The IdeaPad S series is not as thin and portable as an Ultrabook, but remains mobile without the higher price found on Ultrabooks.

The IdeaPad S 300 and IdeaPad S 400 use the latest Intel 3rd generation processors, while the IdeaPad S405 runs the AMD A8 quad-core processor. Users can opt for up to 500GB of storage on the Intel models and up to 1TB on the S405.

The IdeaPad S400 and IdeaPad S405 offer an optional 32GB SSD upgrade to speed up applications and boot time. This small drive is used in tandem with a larger standard hard drive.

The notebooks ship with Windows 7, but are eligible for the Windows 8 upgrade program, and are designed with Windows 8 in mind. Lenovo points to the “intelligent” touchpad which will help users navigate Windows 8’s new user interface.

IdeaPad S300 in pink.

The IdeaPad S300 features a 13.3-inch display and the IdeaPad S400/405 feature a 14-inch display. The notebooks are 22mm thick and weigh under 4 pounds. Lenovo includes Dolby advanced Audio v2 and arrive in a number of colors. The notebooks feature a ‘tactile’ metal finish.

Lenovo rates the battery life of the IdeaPad S300, S400 and S405 at 5-hours, which will likely drop slightly in real world use.

The Lenovo IdeaPad S series will go on sale in August on Lenovo.com with prices starting at $499. Lenovo did not release pricing for specific models, or the price for upgrades to the 32GB SSD.

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