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

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.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Specifications:

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
12.5″ High-definition (1366×768), 16:9 widescreen
Video Graphics
Intel® HD Graphics with dynamic frequency
Up to 4GB DDR3 1066MHz
Hard Disk Drive
320GB 5400rpm
Optical Drive
Optional external USB DVD drive
2.0 speakers (2*1W) with Dolby® Advanced Audio™ surround sound
Integrated Communications
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 10/100/1000M LAN, Bluetooth®
2xUSB2.0, headphones, mic, VGA, HDMI, 1x Mini PCIe
Integrated web camera
Other Features
Multi-finger touchpad, Breathable chiclet keyboard
Start from 3.04 lb (1.38kg)1
318x18x204.5 (mm) (WxHxD)
Battery Life
Approx. 4hr with 4-cell battery

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