ThinkPads noticed that Lenovo quietly introduced the IdeaPad U260, a new 12.5" laptop with Intel's Core i3/i5 ULV processor series. The system is just 0.71" thick and weighs 3.04lbs, pricing is unknown but it's expected to be in the $1,000+ range.
It is clearly aimed at portability with no optical drive, ULV Core i3/i5 processors, and only a 4-cell battery option. Some features are compromised though, with only two USB 2.0 ports and no ExpressCard slot. There are no details on the 4-cell’s capacity, but Lenovo calls for 4 hours of runtime. There is only a single SO-DIMM slot for memory, though there could be some RAM soldered directly to the motherboard to yield the total 4GB system RAM.
Rounding out the specs list is Bluetooth, bgn WiFi, 4GB RAM, and a 320GB HDD on every model. Being an IdeaPad, you do get color choices in the form of Mocha Brown and Clementine Orange. I’m not so fond of the brown color, but the orange could be sharp.
Also of note is that the 12.5-inch HD-resolution display is only available in an anti-glare finish, a nice change from the generally glossy-only consumer laptop displays. Video output is accomplished via VGA and HDMI outputs; it’s nice to see the dual outputs, Lenovo isn’t trying to cheap out on this one.