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Lenovo Targets Macbook Air With New Ideapad U300S

Lenovo has announced the availability of a new ultraportable laptop, the Ideapad U300S, which will fit into Intel's Ultrabook category; the laptop was first sighted in Taipei during Computex but IFA is the place where it has been officially presented.

The new laptop will go on sale in the US from November 2011 with a starting price of $1199. Like the Asus UX21, it will come with an Intel Sandy Bridge ULV CPU (either a a 1.6 GHz Core i5-2457M or a 1.8 GHz Core i7-2677M, both of them dual core), up to 4GB DDR3 RAM, up to 256MB SSD drive, a 13.3-inch 1366x768 pixel display (no 11.6-inch model like the UX21) and up to eight hours battery life.

It also includes a GbE port, an HDMI port, two USB ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 720p webcam and weighs around 1200g with a 16mm thickness. Lenovo is also punting on its glass touchpad, the fact that it is made up of a one-piece aluminium shell, and can charge up to 50 per cent in 30 minutes.

Unfortunately, it doesn't carry any enterprise grade features like Windows 7 Pro OS or fingerprint recognition which might make it a less attractive option for business users compared to the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 which costs roughly the same.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.