Lenovo Announces New AMD-Powered Ideapad Notebooks, Desktops - HotHardware
Lenovo Announces New AMD-Powered Ideapad Notebooks, Desktops

Lenovo Announces New AMD-Powered Ideapad Notebooks, Desktops

When we covered AMD's earnings and plans for 2010 a few weeks back, we noted that AMD CEO Dirk Meyer was bullishly predicting continued growth for AMD in desktop, mobile, and server, even as Intel ramps up pressure in all three segments. AMD's mobile offerings have become more competitive over the past few months thanks to the introduction of its 45nm mobile chips, and Lenovo has definitely noticed. The OEM announced two new Ideapad notebooks based on AMD CPUs today, both of which should be available by March.



We don't have the full specs on the G455 and G555, but the two systems are likely to resemble the G455A Lenovo launched in China a few weeks ago. That system features a 14.1" display (16:9 widescreen, 1366x768 resolution), a 2.1GHz Athlon II M320 processor, an ATI Mobility 4550 and a 250GB HDD. There are bound to be some differences—Lenovo's PR refers to the Turion II, not the Athlon II—but with a base price of $449, the two new designs could boost AMD's visibility in a market segment where it desperately needs exposure. As of Q4 2009, AMD held roughly 27 percent of the desktop segment, compared to just 11 percent of mobile. Given the netbook/notebook market's size and growth rate, it's imperative that AMD gain share—even if that share is mostly at the lower end.



Meanwhile, if you're interested in the touch-sensitive desktop systems that've been popular with some vendors of late, Lenovo's new IdeaCentre C315 may be worth a look. Unlike previous iterations in the "C" series, which have been built around the Intel Atom 330 and included 18" displays, the C315 uses an unspecified Athlon dual-core processor, includes 4GB of RAM, and an ATI Mobility GPU with a 20" panel. Again, exact details aren't known, but the C315 is almost certainly a snappier performer than the Atom-powered systems it displaces.
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Getting a laptop with a decent video card, the 4550, for $450? That's not bad at all. The Athlon II M320 is equivalent to Intel's Core2Duo L9400.

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I think that in 9 months or so, the whole laptop landscape will be totally changed. A lot of new ideas will start trickling down and then will be a good time to buy one.

Geeked

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A lot of the laptops announced recently (both AMD and Intel based) are featuring discrete cards at price ranges that would have formally qualified them for IGPs. At a guess, AMD is hitting two goals at once. First, the better GPUs give them a chance to slip into systems that might otherwise go to Intel. Second, the company could be hoping to chip away at NVIDIA's mobile share.

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Yeah Joel good point. This is also gaining some market recognition for when they release there APU part as well.

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Yeah the discrete gpu market is booming in laptops. I really like the switchable internal discrete thing to.

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The Lenovo IdeaCentre C315 seems like a great all-in-one, ATI HD Radeon 45xx series graphics, 4GB of RAM, Athlon X2 CPU, 20 inch Screen, Starting around $600. I might be in, I'm looking for a computer to replace the machine in my living room, if it had a touch screen it would be perfect.

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Yeah I see people comment on the den/kitchen/family room type units, but many times they are not looking at the general usage pattern for such a device. I would think it is not really for gaming or high process requirements. I think it is more like a TV when they first came out. Everyone in the household uses it as a family center type device. This is especially true with the wireless uses (beaming to the main TV) etc.

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