AMD’s Mendocino processors are designed for budget laptops with prices starting at around $400. AMD keeps the prices for these chips low while offering decent all-around performance by combining Zen 2 CPU cores with an entry-level integrated GPU based on RDNA 2 architecture.

Acer was the first company to launch a laptop powered by an AMD Mendocino chip. But now Lenovo has quietly launched its own Mendocino-powered laptops in select markets.

Lenovo IdeaPad 1 (14)

The Lenovo IdeaPad 1 is an entry-level line of laptops that up until now have been available with Intel Celeron, Pentium Silver, or Core processors or AMD’s entry-level Athlon Silver chips.

Now Lenovo has launched models with Mendocino processor options including:

Cores / ThreadsBase / Boost freqTotal CacheTDPGPU
Ryzen 5 7520U4 / 82.8 GHz / 4.3 GHz6MB15W1.9 GHz Radeon 610M
Ryzen 3 7320U4 / 82.4 GHz / 4.1 GHz6MB15W1.9 GHz Radeon 610M
Athlon Gold 7220U2 / 42.4 GHz / 3.7 GHz5MB15W1.9 GHz Radeon 610M
Athlon Silver 7120U2 / 22.4 GHz / 3.5 GHz3MB15W1.9 GHz Radeon 610M

Keep in mind that these are budget laptops, so while I’ve found that AMD’s Ryzen 3 7320U processor offers CPU performance that’s competitive with pricier chips, the graphics performance is nothing to write home about. While the integrated Radeon 610M GPU is based on AMD’s current-gen graphics architecture, these chips have just 2 graphics cores, which means that you might get better gaming and video performance from a previous-gen GPU with more cores.

But laptops with Mendocino chips are meant to be budget devices, and it shows when you look at other specs for Lenovo’s IdeaPad 1 series notebooks.

All of the models with Mendocino chips features LPDDR5-5500 memory and M.2 2242 PCIe 3.0 or 4.0 x4 NVMe SSD storage. But entry-level models have as little as 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while higher-priced configurations have as much as 16GB of memory and 512GB of storage.

Since the RAM is soldered to the motherboard, it’s not user upgradeable.

And while Lenovo has sold IdeaPad 1 laptops with screen sizes ranging from 11.6 to 15.6 inches in the past, it looks like all of the Mendocino-powered models have 14 to 15.6 inch displays. Some are 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS LCD displays, but lower-priced models have 1366 x 768 pixel TN screens.

While it’s nice to see PC makers offering better CPU performance in low-cost laptops, it’d be nice if we could finally do away with low-resolution TN displays with limited viewing angles… at least in laptops with screens larger than 13 inches.

Other features include support for WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0 or WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, depending on the configuration, 42 Wh batteries and 65W power adapters, 720p webcams with privacy shutters, dual microphones, and stereo 1.5W speakers.

Ports include:

  • 1 x HDMI 1.4b
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C (data-only)
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio jack
  • 1 SD card reader

Unsurprisingly for cheap laptops, the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 notebooks have plastic cases and lack backlit keyboards. But some models do have an optional fingerprint sensor integrated with the power button.

via Notebook Italia and Lenovo (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)

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  1. I think that is really nice. it doesn’t mention an operating system. I wonder if one can get an alternative operating system.

  2. I just got the Lenovo IdeaPad one and I love it because it’s fast faster than the last idea pad 3 I had.. I wonder if this is because of the chip??

  3. Well still waiting for a 10-11.6″ then, this is useless for me, albeit really good that Intel’s celery gets absolutely obliterated, freaking 4c/4t in 2022 no thx. And people complain about the 2 rdnas cu, go compare that to a j4125…

    1. While alderlake celeron isnt good, Alderlake Pentium, Alderlake N, and Alderlake i3 all of them are much much better than these mendocino both in cpu and gpu.

      1. But can you buy one for 400$?

        Last time I checked a really terrible chewi with a j4125, a battery that inflates, paint that doesn’t stay and reject panel was around 380 so…

        1. Alderlake i3 and Pentium 8505 yes you can buy them at that price point, Alderlake N is upcoming Cpu no product as of now.

      2. Alder Lake-N is roughly equivalent to Mendocino, not “much better”. Very similar graphics, mixed on single/multi.

        Mendocino costs too darn much. It’s a potentially amazing budget SoC that AMD wants to be found in $700 systems somehow.

  4. Oh, this is what I was talking about on the other article about the Acer with benchmarks!
    Looks very nice regarding to size and certainly an option to upgrade my ASUS UX305CA, let’s see and wait what other options there will be!
    On the other hand, a bit sad about the low resolution and TN panel though, my target is 13″ 1080p IPS.
    Thanks for these updates!