Lenovo ideapad 720S (13″) vs ideapad 710S (13″) – what are the differences?

The stars of this article are two premium notebooks – namely Lenovo ideapad 720S (13”) and its predecessor Lenovo ideapad 710S (13″). If you want to find out what the essential differences between the two devices are, keep reading.

In terms of hardware, the former comes with up to an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8550U or AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, while the latter accommodates 6th or 7th Generation Intel Core processors. As for the graphics performance, the 720S sports Intel UHD Graphics 620 or AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, while the 710S offers more options to choose from – Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel HD Graphics 620 or NVIDIA GeForce 940MX. Quite surprisingly, the maximum memory capacity in the newer model is 8 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, while its predecessor can be configured with up to 16 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM.

As far as display options are concerned, both laptops sport 13.3-inch IPS FHD (1920×1080) panels, however the 720S also comes with UHD (3840×2160) resolution, while the 710S – with QHD+ (3200×1800). In addition, the differences in the overall dimensions are minor – 13.6 mm thickness and 1.14 kg starting weight for the former as opposed to 13.9 mm/14.8 mm thickness (non-touch/touch models) and 1.10 kg starting weight for the latter.

Moving on, as you can expect, the Lenovo ideapad 720S comes with a battery which has a larger capacity compared to the previous model – 48Wh vs 46Wh. As for the connectivity options, they are pretty similar with the exception of a single USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 that supports Thunderbolt 3 and the lack of microHDMI and 4-in-1 reader (SD, SDXC, SDHC, MMC) in 720S.

Specs sheet

  • Lenovo ideapad 720S (13″)
  • Lenovo ideapad 710S (13″)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Intel Core i5-8250U
  • Intel Core i7-8550U
  • AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
  • Intel Core i3-6100U
  • Intel Core i5-6200U
  • Intel Core i7-6500U
  • Intel Core i5-6260U
  • Intel Core i7-6560U
  • Intel Core i5-7200U
  • Intel Core i7-7500U
  • up to 8GB of DDR4-2400 RAM
  • up to 16 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM
Internal storage
  • M.2 SSD / PCIe
  • M.2 SSD / PCIe
  • Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  • Intel HD Graphics 520
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
  • 13.3”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • 13.3”, 4K UHD (3840 x 2160), IPS
  • 13.3”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • 13.3”, QHD+ (3200 x 1800), IPS
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2x USB 3.0 (one Always On Charging)
  • 1x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1
  • 1x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2(support Thunderbolt 3)
  • combo audio jack
  • 2x USB 3.0 (one Always On Charging)
  • microHDMI
  • 4-in-1 reader (SD, SDXC, SDHC, MMC)
  • combo audio jack
  • 48 Wh, 4-cell
  • 46 Wh, 4-cell
Weight 1.14 kg (2.5 lbs) 1.10 kg (2.4 lbs)

All Lenovo ideapad 720S (13″) configurations

All Lenovo ideapad 710S (13″) configurations

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Donald w Gillies
Donald w Gillies
4 years ago

There is a mistake here the i7-6560U available on the 710S has the Intel Iris Pro 540 graphics.