Lenovo Takes On Gamers with Amped-Up PCs and Laptops

Lenovo has some good news for gamers today. The PC maker is adding new gaming systems to its desktop and laptop lines and has a sleek new 8-inch tablet. Some gamers will undoubtedly scoff at the idea of a mainstream PC maker like Lenovo building gaming rigs, but we’ve seen big names (including Lenovo) put together competent gaming PCs before. And, Lenovo certainly knows the mobile device arena these days.

The ERAZER X315 is a gaming PC that’s meant to strike a performance/price balance. Info on specs is light at the moment, which isn’t too surprising, considering that the system won’t be out until November, but AMD Radeon R9 graphics 12GB of memory, and up to 2TB of storage are to be expected. The chassis itself has been nailed down, and has been designed to remind users of a knight’s armor. LED lighting and port cover keep the system looking clean and spiffy.

Lenovo ERAZER X315 desktop for gamers
Lenovo ERAZER X315

The new gaming laptop is the Lenovo Y70 Touch, which has a 17-inch touch display and NVIDIA GTX graphics. It’s necessarily a big beast, but Lenovo is touting it as being at the smaller end of the desktop replacement range from a weight perspective: it weighs 7.5 pounds. An Intel Core i7 processor runs the show, and memory tops out at 16GB DDR3L. Your storage options will be a 1TB SSHD or a 256GB SSD. The laptop’s bells and whistles include keyboard lighting that activates in dim lighting and JBL speakers.

Lenovo Y70 Touch laptop for gamers
Lenovo Y70 Touch

As for the tablet, it’s Lenovo’s first 8-inch Android tablet to use an Intel CPU. The Lenovo TAB S8 runs on an Intel Atom Z3745 CPU and has a 1920 x 1200 display. It has a 1.6MP front cam and an 8MP rear cam with a wide aperture f2.2 lens for better low-light shots. The tablet has 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage, and battery life of about seven hours, according to Lenovo.

Lenovo TAB S8

Lenovo is rolling these systems out over the next three months. The Lenovo TAB S8 starts at $199 and launches this month, while the Lenovo Y70 Touch arrives in October with a starting price of $1,299. The Lenovo ERAZER X315 starts at $599 and won’t hit shelves until November.