Like the idea of Lenovo’s new Ideapad 100S notebook, but wish it packed a bit more power? Then you might want to take a look at the IdeaPad 300S series.

While the 100S notebooks are powered by Intel Bay Trail chips, the 300S series will be available with up to a Core i7 Skylake processor.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 300S will be available starting in October, with prices starting at $249 for an entry-level model with an 11.6 inch display.

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Lenovo will also offer a 14 inch version of the laptop.

The official spec sheet is sadly a little vague about which options will be available on the 11.6 inch model, so I can’t tell if it’ll be possible to get the smaller version with a Core i7 chip, a full HD display, or discrete graphics. But here’s what we know about the IdeaPad 300S so far:

  • Up to a 14 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display
  • Up to a 6th-gen Intel Core i7 processor
  • Intel HD graphics and optional NVIDIA GeForce 940M graphics
  • Up to 8GB of RAM
  • Up to 1TB of hard drive or hybrid storage, or up to 256GB of solid state storage
  • 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • Stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater audio
  • Up to 5 hours of battery life
  • 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • HDMI
  • Ethernet
  • SD card rader
  • Headset jack

Entry-level models are expected to feature Intel Braswell chips rather than Skylake processors.

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5 replies on “Lenovo IdeaPad 300S 11.6 inch notebook coming soon for $249”

      1. 5 would have been short even a couple years ago. I bought my Acer 1410 back in 2009 and it could easily do 5 hours. I remember there being other netbooks that could pull off 8 hours

    1. Its funny because Intel is claiming that Skylake CPUs are supposed to be 30% better on battery life, with a similar sized battery. So how small of a battery is in this laptop? If it had a Haswell CPU, would it have a 3.7 hour battery life?

      Just reading between the lines here… Are laptop makers taking this as an opportunity to increase their battery life, by using similar sized batteries? Or is it an opportunity to reduce costs by delivering smaller batteries, that offer similar battery life?

      1. I wouldn’t be surprised either way. I’ll be curious to see the reviews of Skylake as it comes but am always skeptical of Intel marketing claims.
        In any event – I can’t imagine what a laptop would have to do for me to be OK with ‘up to 5 hours battery life’ these days.

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