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Lenovo updates IdeaPad S series for Windows 8

The slim S series gets some new Windows-8-ready models, with bigger screens and faster processors.


As part of the flood of new IFA products, Lenovo has updated its slim S series of IdeaPad laptops for Windows 8.

Unlike some of the laptops from Dell, Toshiba, Samsung, and others we've previewed this week, we have not had a chance to see these new models in person. But Lenovo describes the new IdeaPad S300, S400, and S405 as follows:

Equipped with the latest technology, the Lenovo IdeaPad S300 and S400 laptops are available with Intel's third-generation CoreTM i3 or i5 processors, while the IdeaPad S405 is packed with up to AMD A8 quad-core processors. Up to 500GB hard disk storage capacity (up to 1TB HDD in the S405) offers plenty of space to store music, movies, and documents, and an optional 32GB solid-state drive on the S400 and S405 can help speed boot time and application responsiveness. In addition, intelligent energy management features not only increase time spent between charges -- up to 5 hours -- but also protect the long-term durability of the battery.

All three will be available immediately, starting at $499, and are "designed for Windows 8" if you want to upgrade in October (or just wait until then to buy one).