In the next few months, thin-and-light laptops bearing Intel's Ultrabook moniker are going to begin showing up in the marketplace, and Lenovo revealed their first entry today: The IdeaPad U300s.

The U300s promises Sandy Bridge ULV processors (a 1.6 GHz Core i5-2457M and a 1.8 GHz Core i7-2677M are mentioned in the spec sheet), up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, up to a 256GB SSD, a 13.3" 1366x768 display, a 720p webcam, and up to 8 hours of battery life in a 2.9-pound 0.6-inch thick package. With the exception of screen resolution, it's roughly in 13" MacBook Air territory, but it also includes an HDMI port, a built-in gigabit ethernet port (wi-fi and bluetooth are a given), and one USB 3.0 port (along with one USB 2.0 port) - depending on your usage patterns, this port layout may be more useful to you than the Air's Thunderbolt port.

The U300s starts at $1,199, and will be available in November in two colors, the business-friendly Graphite Gray and the very distinctive Clementine Orange.

Source: Lenovo

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  • MrCromulent - Thursday, September 1, 2011 - link

    1366x768 16:9 glossy display *sigh* Reply
  • quiksilvr - Thursday, September 1, 2011 - link

    Not sure what you're sighing about besides the glossy part. That's more than enough pixels for a 13" screen. So long as colors, viewing angles and brightness are up to snuff it shouldn't be a problem. Reply
  • MrCromulent - Thursday, September 1, 2011 - link

    Didn't want to start the usual argument, but 768 pixels are much too low in a >$1000 device IMHO.

    The *one* thing they should copy from the MBA is the 1440x900 screen :)
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  • 8steve8 - Friday, September 2, 2011 - link

    agreed,

    The primary reason I bought a macbook air 13" over the other options was to get 900 vertical pixels, rather than 768.
    Reply
  • cptcolo - Friday, September 2, 2011 - link

    Exactly a 16:9 is terrible.
    A low resolution 16:9 display is useless.

    Good luck selling these for $1200. The 13" is better built, better keyboard and much better trackpad. iPad 3 will have better resolution than this
    Reply
  • cptcolo - Friday, September 2, 2011 - link

    Also the standard battery is only a weak 30 Whr 4 cell. The MacBook Air has a 50 Whr battery, it will last nearly twice as long and weighs the same. The 13" Air is better in all regards I think of. Reply
  • retrospooty - Saturday, September 3, 2011 - link

    [1366x768] "That's more than enough pixels for a 13" screen"

    No, no way. most app really suck at 768 pixels high. Its difficult, irritating and defintely not enough. The sad thing is that LCD makers and laptop OEM's are shoving down our throaghts and the dull masses are buying them because they dont know any better.
    Reply
  • XiZeL - Thursday, September 1, 2011 - link

    are those cpu Dual with HT or Quad? Reply
  • undermined - Thursday, September 1, 2011 - link

    well since they list the EXACT model of the CPUs couldn't you just look it up on Intel's site? Reply
  • XiZeL - Thursday, September 1, 2011 - link

    then please point me to my ignorance, kind sir. Reply

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