Lenovo debuts a dozen PCs with Skylake, from ThinkCentre Tiny to huge AiOs

This means fresh new choices for consumers and small businesses, in a wide variety of form factors.

Lenovo used IFA Berlin on Wednesday to unleash a flood of new PCs headed your way between October and January. You'll see major refreshes from Lenovo’s biggest brands including ThinkPad Yoga, ThinkCentre, ideacentre, ideapad, ideapad MIIX.

Let’s dive in.

New 12-inch ideapad competes with Surface

First up is a new 12-inch Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet called the Ideapad MIIX 700, a Surface competitor that comes with Lenovo’s Keyboard Folio accessory. You can get up to an Intel sixth-generation “Skylake” Core i7 processor, a maximum of 8GB RAM, a 256GB solid state drive, optional LTE connectivity, and an equally optional integrated Intel RealSense 3D camera for use with features such as Windows Hello.

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Lenovo’s ideapad Miix 700 is a 12-inch convertible with a choice of Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro.

The MIIX 700 rolls out in November starting at $700.

Ideacentre AIO 700 offers RealSense option

Lenovo’s new Ideacentre all-in-one 700 desktops come in 24- and 27-inch Windows 10 variants and will have up to Skylake Core i7 processors. The 24-inch AIO 700 has a 4K 3840-by-2160 resolution, 10-point multitouch display, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 950A. The 27-inch version comes offers 4K or 1080p resolution options, the same discrete GPU, and an optional RealSense Camera.

Both AIOs can take up to 8GB DDR4 RAM, up to a 2TB hybrid drive with 7200rpm on the larger HDD side, or a 192GB SSD.

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Lenovo’s ideacentre AIO 700 will start at $1100 for the 24-inch model and $1900 for the 27-inch model.

If you don’t max out the RAM off the shelf, this AIO will offer easy access to components for DIY expansion.

The AIO 700 ships in October with the 24-inch starting at $1100, and the 27-inch starts at $1900. Color options are platinum and ebony black.

Consumer ideapads start at $189

Five new Windows Ideapad laptops are headed to store shelves in October including the Ideapad 300, 500, 100S, 300S, and 500S, all rocking Windows 10.

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Lenovo’s ideapad 300 series will feature 14-inch and 15-inch models (the latter is shown here in silver).

The 300 comes in 14-, 15- and 17-inch options. The 14- and 15-inch models have options for Skylake processors, up to 8GB RAM, optional 1TB hybrid storage, and a DirectX 12-friendly AMD Radeon R5 M330 discrete GPU. The 17-inch Ideapad 300 also has Skylake processor options, but rocks up to 16GB of DDR3L RAM, a 1TB hybrid drive or 128GB SSD.

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Start at $499 for the 14-inch model and $849 for the 15-inch model, Lenovo’s Ideapad 500 will offer AMD and Intel CPU options.

The Ideapad 500 also has 14- and 15-inch versions and has almost the same options as the 300 models of the same size. The big difference is that the 500 offers a DirectX 12-compatible AMD Radeon R7 M360 GFX discrete GPU and the Ideapad 500 15-inch model has an option for an Intel RealSense camera.

Lenovo is also coming up with an Ideapad 500 rocking AMD instead of Skylake in 14- and 15-inch versions, up to an AMD A10-7300, and an optional AMD Radeon M7 360 GPU.

As for the “S” variants, they are lighter and cheaper, although the 500S is comparable in price to its 14-inch S-less counterpart. The 100S is a non-Skylake machine with an Intel Atom Z3735F on an 11.6-inch version, or a Celeron N3050 packed into a 14-inch model. These machines have a wimpy 2GB RAM, as well as 32GB and 64GB eMMC storage, respectively.

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The 14-inch Lenovo ideapad 300S laptops start at $479 and offer up to 5 hours of battery life.

The 300S goes up to a Skylake Core i7, up to 8GB DDR3L RAM, and options for up to a 1TB hybrid drive or 256GB SSD. The discrete GPU on this machine is the Nvidia GeForce 940M.

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The 13-inch Lenovo 500S will weigh 3.4 pounds and offer up to 4.5 hours of battery life.

The Ideapad 500S comes in 13-, 14-, and 15-inch flavors, and up to Skylake i7 processors, it maxes out at 8GB DDR3L RAM, up to 1TB hybrid or 256GB SSD.

With the exception of the basic black 100S, the other S variants come in either black, silver, or red. The S-Less variants are basic black only.

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Lenovo’s Ideapad 100S family will include models with 11.6-inch screens (shown here) and 14-inch screens.

Pricing:

  • The ideapad 300 14-inch starts at $400, 15-inch at $550, and 17-inch at $450
  • The ideapad 500 14-inch starts at $500, 15-inch at $600
  • The ideapad 100S 11.6-inch starts at $189, 14-inch at $260
  • The ideapad 300S 11-inch starts at $250
  • The ideapad 500S 130inch starts at $500, 14-inch $660

New ThinkCentre M series come in all sizes

Of the new ThinkCentre M series desktops coming out for small and medium-sized businesses, Lenovo is particularly proud of the M900 Tiny, which the company says is designed to be the “most powerful desktop per cubic inch.”

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Lenovo boasts the ThinkCenter Tiny now with Skylake, has the most processing power per square inch of any PC.

It measures 1.36 inches wide, by 7.2 inches in diameter, and 7.05 inches high. The M900 Tiny comes with up to 35W versions of Skylake processors, a maximum 32GB RAM, support for up to three displays from the device’s integrated Intel HD graphics. It also has a dust shield that Lenovo says reduces PC-choking dust by up to 37 percent over the PC’s three-year lifecycle.

The ThinkCentre M Tiny desktops will also have M700 and M600 variants. The M600 comes with an Intel Pentium processor and a maximum 8GB RAM.

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The 23.8-inch Thinkcentre M900z Touch offers a choice of HDD, SSHD, or SSD storage drives.

Lenovo will also release an M900z AIO, M900 tower, and M900 small form factor. The tower and small form factor rock 65W skylake processors, and up to 64GB RAM. They have Intel integrated graphics again, but can support up to seven independent displays if you opt to slap a graphics card in either version’s empty PCIe x16 slot.

The M900z AIO also takes up to a Skylake Core i7, can take up to 32GB RAM, up to 12TB with a dual HDD set-up. The display is a 23-inch 1080p with 10-point multitouch.

The M900 Tiny desktop rolls out before the end of 2015 starting at $750, while the M700 and M600 Tiny PCs will start at $500 and $400 respectively.

The M900z comes in November starting at $930, and the M900 Tower and small form factor builds will arrive before the end of the year at $800 and $780 respectively.

Downward-facing ThinkPads

Finally, it wouldn’t be a major Lenovo product rollout without some new Yoga devices. Two major versions are planned for this season, including the Yoga 260 and 460 rocking Windows 10. The 260 is a 12.5-inch convertible that weighs just under three pounds, offers up to 1080p resolution, up to 16GB RAM, a maximum 512GB SSD, and Skylake, of course.

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The Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 460 has a carbon-fiber shell for extra durability.

The 14-inch 460 will have options for a 2560x1440 WQHD display and an optional Nvidia GeForce 940M GPU. You also have your choice of a 1TB or 256GB SSD.

Both Yogas come in black or silver (the latter color goes on sale in January) and a digital pen, as per usual with the rest of the devices we’ve seen both models have options for Skylake processors. The two new Yogas also have LTE-Advanced WAN optional connectivity, which Lenovo says is a first for convertible notebooks.

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A stylus comes with the Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 260 for use in tablet mode.

There’s also a OneLink+ Dock that can turn your Yoga convertible into a desktop machine. The dock boasts up to 33 Gigabit per second bandwidth speeds over a single proprietary cable.

There’s also a WiDi adapter for sending your ThinkPad Yoga’s visuals wirelessly to a WiDi-enabled monitor.

The ThinkPad Yoga 260 starts at $950, while the 460 begins at $1050. The 460 rolls out in October, while the 260 hits the U.S. in January.

No word on accessory pricing, but the OneLink+ Dock and WiDi adapter will roll out before the end of 2015.

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