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Lenovo announces release of new IdeaPad ultrabooks

Lenovo is stepping up its game in the ultrabook category, announcing two new slim IdeaPads, the 13in IdeaPad U310 and the 14in IdeaPad U410.

Equipped with Intel's recently announced third-generation processors, the new IdeaPads offer more powerful processing with longer battery life and lower starting prices than previous models, like the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s.

The Lenovo IdeaPad U310 is a 13in consumer ultrabook, starting at $749 (£485.8) that's equipped with a third-generation Core i3 and 320GB hard drive with 32GB flash memory cache. For those willing to spend a little more, the IdeaPad U310 will also be available with Core i5 and i7 processors and up to 500GB hard drive capacity. All configurations feature a 13.3in display with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater v4 sound enhancement, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, HDMI output, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and up to seven hours of battery life. Measuring 0.7in thick and weighing 3.74 pounds (1.7kg), the Lenovo IdeaPad U310 keeps the flat book-style clamshell design seen on the Lenovo U300s, and is available in a range of colors, including Sapphire Blue, Aqua Blue, Cherry Blossom Pink, Graphite Grey or Metallic Red.

Stepping up in size to 14in is the Lenovo IdeaPad U410, which measures 0.83in thick and weighs 4.18 pounds (1.9kg). The IdeaPad U410 features the same Intel Ivy Bridge processors seen in the U310, but bumps up to 8GB of RAM and adds a discrete Nvidia GeForce 610M graphics card with 1GB of memory. Hard drive capacity ranges from 500GB to 1TB with an optional 32GB cache, or full solid-state drives (SSD). The 14in screen offers a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, with Dolby Home Theater v4 sound enhancement. The Lenovo IdeaPad U410 starts at $799 (£518) with an Intel Core i3 processor.

Lenovo has equipped both systems with the latest iteration of Lenovo EnhancedExperience 3, which includes power management and Lenovo's FasterBoot and BootShield, which optimise start-up and shifts non-essential apps to load after the initial system boot. Lenovo also includes SmartUpdate, Lenovo's proprietary version of Intel Smart Connect Technology, which allows the laptop to continue getting updates to emails and social media while in a sleep state, so you're always up to date.

Both the Lenovo IdeaPad U310 and IdeaPad U410 are available in the U.S. and several other countries through Lenovo's website and will reportedly be available in the UK through major retailers later in June.