updated 12:00 am EST, Tue January 4, 2011
Lenovo IdeaPad Zx70 and S100, S205 arrive pre-CES
Lenovo's IdeaPad updates tonight carried with it several designer models that focused on designer looks along with a tweak of established formulas. The 13.3-inch Z370, 14-inch Z470 and 15.6-inch Z570 all have transparent-effect covers with unusual colors not unlike Sony's VAIO E, including rarities like a light blue, brown and fuchsia. Every one has Intel Sandy Bridge processors from the 2.1GHz Core i3 to the 2.5GHz Core i5, and they all have dedicated options ranging from the GeForce 410M on the Z370 up to the new GeForce 525M on the larger two notebooks.
The line doesn't have the SSD options of the new Y series but can still get up to a 1TB internal drive, 8GB of RAM and a Blu-ray drive. They can also last slightly longer at up to five hours on the standard battery. Pricing and ship dates haven't been given out so far.
Netbook-class systems get a lift as well. The S100 is a direct replacement for the S10-3 series and still has its 10-inch display, adding Lenovo's newest chiclet keyboard design and is considerably lighter at 2.2 pounds. Its choice of processor hasn't been named, but it should still keep the Atom and may use the dual-core 1.5GHz N550.
The S205 is a return into crossover netbooks and expands to an 11.6-inch screen. The processor also hasn't been mentioned for this larger system, but its design will have the option of a 3G modem and a new DirectShare feature that syncs data in a point-to-point network connection.
Lenovo ships the S series first of all its notebooks and will have them ready for March at prices starting at $330.