updated 12:00 am EST, Tue January 4, 2011
Lenovo IdeaPad V, G and B get Sandy Bridge
The more economic of Lenovo's IdeaPads were rounded out on Tuesday with three new models, including a completely new series. The V series is clad in aluminum and, with the 14-inch V470, is as thin as 0.8 inches. All of them are comparatively light and weigh as little as 3.7 pounds in the 13.3-inch V370, even with an optical drive, while peaking at 5.3 pounds with the V570.
Processor picks are less detailed than with other introductions today but will revolve around Sandy Bridge and peak at a Core i7, likely the 2.7GHz edition. They don't shed much visual performance versus the new Z series and have the option of a GeForce 315M on the V370 and a GeForce 525M on both the V470 and V570. Any of the PCs can be outfitted with up to 8GB of RAM and a 1TB disk. Battery life is very short, however, at just three hours.
The IdeaPad V will ship in April for $600 with an unknown minimum spec.
Entry notebooks are getting their own mild refresh and will include new 14-inch G470 and G475 IdeaPads, 15.6-inch G570 and G575 models, and the 17-inch G770. Most of their details aren't known, but they have Lenovo's improved boot optimizations and are likely to use updated Intel processors. The 14-inch B470 and 15.6-inch B570 skew more towards small business and are known to have as much as a Sandy Bridge-based Core i5.
The B series ships in April starting at $500; Lenovo hasn't said when the G series models ship or how much they will cost.