Lenovo betting on budget laptops, introduces sub-USD$250 hardware

Chinese hardware manufacturer Lenovo today announced three new budget laptops ahead of its Tech World event in Beijing. The cheapest of the three, the Ideapad 100 (pictured above), will retail for USD$249. Two higher end models, the Z41 and Z51, will begin at USD$499.

The Ideapad 100 is an entry level notebook that will be available in 14-inch and 15-inch models, both featuring a resolution of 1,366×768 pixels. Lenovo has yet to confirm entry level specifications, but the budget machine can be configured with up to an Intel BayTrail-M quad-core N3540 processor, up to 8GB of RAM and either a 128GB solid state drive or 500GB hard drive. The Ideapad 100 will get around four hours of battery per charge. In terms of size, the 14-inch model will weigh 1.9kg, while the 15-inch weighs in at 2.3kg.

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