Lenovo updates laptops for Windows 8

In addition to the previously announced IdeaPad S series updates, Lenovo is now showing off several other new and updated laptop models at the tail end of the IFA show.

Lenovo's IdeaPad U510
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Clearly targeting prospective Windows 8 shoppers, these new systems include ultrabooks and powerful multimedia laptops.

IdeaPad U510 Ultrabook

Lenovo's IdeaPad U510 from the front.
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A 15-inch ultrabook, this high-end system is 21mm thick and weighs 2.18kg, which makes it a bit hefty for something carrying Intel's official ultrabook branding. According to Lenovo, components include "up to a third-generation Intel Core i7 processor, and as much as 1TB of HDD storage with an optional 32GB solid-state drive cache and a battery life of up to 6 hours. The U510 is also equipped with an integrated DVD reader/writer or Blu-ray Disc drive".

IdeaPad Y400 and Y500

Lenovo's IdeaPad Z500
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These bigger laptops are designed for multimedia and gaming tasks. Lenovo said that both "feature the unique UltraBay — an interchangeable bay that users can instantly swap out for dual graphics capability, increased storage space or an additional fan for cooling."

CPU options go up to a current-gen Core i7, and Nvidia GeForce GT655M for graphics, plus up to 1TB of HDD space. The Y400 has a 14-inch display, while the Y500 is a 15.6-inch system. Both have backlit keyboards, clickpad-style touch pads, and JBL-branded speakers.

IdeaPad Z400 and Z500

Somewhere between the slimmer U Series ultrabook and larger Y Series midsized laptops is the Z Series. Lenovo said that these two models are 25 per cent thinner than a standard laptop, and use full-voltage CPUs, rather than the ultralow voltage versions found in most super-slim laptops.

Unlike many other Lenovo laptops, these will be available in different colours: blue, dark brown, pink and white, all with a soft-touch surface. Besides the full-voltage CPUs, you can also get what Lenovo calls "the latest Nvidia GeForce graphics technology", although that may not mean the very top of the line when it comes to GPUs.

Lenovo said that the IdeaPad U510 and Z500 will be available in September, starting at US$679 and US$549. The Y400 and Y500 will be available in October, starting at US$649, and the IdeaPad Z400 will be available in November, starting at US$549.

Via CNET.com

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trebor83 posted a comment   

I'm guessing, given that the prices in $US and that this has been pulled from the Amerian site, that "available" means in the US and, given that a year after their similar release we still haven't seen the U series in Australia, I'm not going to hold my breath.

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