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Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Goes Official, Available for $899 Starting Today

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Remember the Lenovo U260 we showed you late last week? Yes, the 12.5″ ultraportable form Lenovo with Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processors, a and a matte display that weighs in at just 2.04 pounds and reminded us of a MacBook Air. Well, if it got you excited, you’ll be happy to know that Lenovo has officially announced the IdeaPad U260 and it is available starting today for $899.

The IdeaPad U260 has its own unibody design, as it is crafted from a single piece of magnesium-alloy to create the frame. This allows for a stronger construction without the need for bulk. The internal specs will include the ability to choose up to an Intel Core i5 processor, up to 4GB RAM and up to a 320GB hard drive. The notebook weighs just 3.04 pounds and is just 18mm thick. The IdeaPad U260 comes with a 4 cell battery, which is rated at 4-hours. Less than we would have hoped when you compare it to the MacBook Air, but it is running a faster processor. Hopefully we’ll see an extended battery option available.

Other features include the following (from the Lenovo Press Release)

“an industry leading Breathable Keyboard, an Intel® Advanced Cooling Technology that allows the PC to run cooler and maintain spill resistance. Ambient Light Sensors on the U260 help protect users‟ eyes by automatically adjusting screen brightness based on lighting conditions and Lenovo‟s Active Protection System™ acts as an “airbag” for the hard drive to cushion data stored on the laptop in the event of a fall or drop. Those seeking entertainment and multimedia functionality will enjoy the U260‟s Dolby® Advanced Audio™ surround sound speakers, HDMI output for streaming high definition to an HDTV and an integrated web camera for Skype and video calling.

The U260 comes with Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium and Lenovo Enhanced Experience for Windows 7, a unique Lenovo certification that delivers speedy boot-up and shutdown times, rich multimedia capabilities and easy system maintenance tools.”

While the U260 is official, some readers have reported that they cannot order it yet; they have been told by Lenovo CSRs that orders may not start for another week.

Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Gallery:

Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Video:

Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Specifications:

Processor
Intel® Core™ i5-470UM processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology* (1.33GHz, up to 1.86GHz, 3MB Cache)
Intel® Core™ i3-380UM processor (1.33GHz, 3MB Cache)
Operating System
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
Display/Resolution
12.5″ High-definition (1366×768), 16:9 widescreen
Video Graphics
Intel® HD Graphics with dynamic frequency
Memory
Up to 4GB DDR3 1066MHz
Hard Disk Drive
320GB 5400rpm
Optical Drive
Optional external USB DVD drive
Sound
2.0 speakers (2*1W) with Dolby® Advanced Audio™ surround sound
Integrated Communications
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 10/100/1000M LAN, Bluetooth®
Connectors
2xUSB2.0, headphones, mic, VGA, HDMI, 1x Mini PCIe
Camera
Integrated web camera
Other Features
Multi-finger touchpad, Breathable chiclet keyboard
Weight
Start from 3.04 lb (1.38kg)1
Dimensions
318x18x204.5 (mm) (WxHxD)
Battery Life
Approx. 4hr with 4-cell battery

Josh Smith is a longtime mobile tech user, currently using a Droid as his primary smartphone. Josh is also an editor at Notebooks.com where he reviews notebooks and other mobile tech. Follow Josh on Twitter @Josh_Smith or email him Josh@Notebooks.com.

10 Comments

  1. tchoop

    November 15, 2010 at 8:47 am

    The machine I’ve been waiting for…

  2. Jim

    November 15, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I can’t find it on the Lenovo website.

  3. tchoop

    November 15, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I’ve been looking for it as well… nowhere to be found on the site.

  4. john stuart

    November 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    still nothing… WHERE IS IT

  5. acron1

    November 16, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Intel integrated graphics only is a big letdown…

  6. Joe

    November 16, 2010 at 4:22 am

    Really nice, but battery life is to short, does it come with other battery options?

  7. john stuart

    November 16, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Where can you buy it? not on lenovo website

  8. JImmy

    January 10, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I bought this and it is the greatest machine known to man. I love it, my coworkers envy it, and my boss loaths it. I’m the big man on campus with the extremly cool laptop, and I don’t need a goofy apple on it to look cool.

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