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Lenovo announces its U300s Ultrabook laptop

Other models and a tablet are not UK bound
Thu Sep 01 2011, 16:00

CHINESE LAPTOP MAKER Lenovo has announced its super thin and high performance U300s Ultrabook laptop.

The U300s will come with a 13.3in screen and Intel's second generation Core i5 or Core i7 processors. Lenovo gave a general availability of mid October and a price of around $1,200.


The laptop is 14.9mm thick, which is consistent across the design unlike rival devices that taper, like the Macbook Air. It weighs just 1.32kg which is a bit lighter than its Apple rival.

The Intel processor will be accompanied by 4GB of DDR3 RAM and either a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive (SSD). Lenovo said the Core i7 model can boot up in 10.47 seconds using Rapiddrive SSD technology.

Lenovo touts a battery life of eight hours and a 50 per cent charge in 30 minutes using Rapidcharge. The U300s has a unique 'breathable keyboard', which means air flows through the keyboard to aid cooling, with no vents on the underside of the device.

The firm also announced two alternative models in the U300 and U400, which are effectively chunkier verions of the U300s with lower specifications. However, Lenovo has told The INQUIRER that it does not plan to release these in the UK market.

The company is also holding back its latest tablet, the Ideapad Tablet A1, from the UK market. The tablet is a cut down edition of its Ideapad K1 that it announced in July.

The Ideapad Tablet A1 will have a Cortex A8 1GHz processor and run Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The aim is for it to be affordable at $199 and it will tip up at the end of this month. µ


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