On Friday during the IFA 2012 tradeshow in Berlin, Lenovo introduced a new batch of laptops and one Ultrabook, the IdeaPad U510. The news follows Lenovo's big reveal on Thursday which included three new Android 4.0 tablets (Ideatab S2110, A2107 and A2109), and three new netbook/laptop form factors (IdeaPad S300, S400 and S405).
During the show in Berlin, Lenovo said its new 15-inch Ultrabook, the ultra-thin, ultra-light IdeaPad U510, combines the best features of a traditional notebook with the sleek aesthetics and qualities of a tablet. Slated to arrive in September starting at $679 USD, it will feature up to a 3rd-generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 1 TB of HDD storage, and optional 32 GB SSD for cache, and a battery life of up to 6 hours.
"Measuring just 21-mm thick and weighing under 2.2kg, the U510 combines high-performance technologies for ultra-responsive computing and instant-on system resume in just over a second," Lenovo said. "The U510 is also equipped with an integrated DVD reader/writer or Blu-ray Disc drive."
Next up are two mobile gaming and multimedia powerhouses designed to perform: the 14-inch IdeaPad Y400 and the 15.6-inch IdeaPad Y500. Both utilize Lenovo's UltraBay feature, an interchangeable bay that users can instantly swap out for dual graphics capability, increased storage space or an additional fan for cooling. Each model is equipped with up to 3rd-generation Intel Core i7 processors, Nvidia GeForce GT655M 2 GB dual graphics, up to 16 GB DDR3 memory, and as much as 1 TB of HDD storage.
"With looks to match, they also feature an eye-catching carbon fiber patterned cover, 14-inch and 15.6-inch LED backlit widescreen HD displays, and a dual-layer backlit AccuType keyboard with a large one-piece touchpad. The IdeaPad Y400 and Y500 also include JBL speakers and Dolby Home Theater v4—a perfect audio complement when watching HD videos," Lenovo said.
The IdeaPad Y400 and Y500 will be available October 2012 starting at $649 USD.
In September and November, Lenovo will be releasing new IdeaPad Z-Series laptops. Lenovo said both are 25-percent thinner than the standard laptop without compromising on CPU and GPU performance, packing up to 3rd-generation Intel Core i7 processors (nope, no low-voltage CPUs here). The IdeaPad Z400 will sport a 14-inch screen whereas the IdeaPad Z500 will have a 15.6-inch screen, both of which are LED backlit HD widescreen displays.
"The Z400 and Z500 are available in a range of colors, including coral blue, dark chocolate, peony pink, and enamel white, and have a soft-touch exterior," Lenovo said. "Combined with the latest Nvidia GeForce graphics technology, smart features like Intelligent Touchpad and access to Lenovo Cloud, the Z400 and Z500 laptops offer users a slim laptop with robust performance."
The IdeaPad Z500 will be available this September starting at $549 USD. Lenovo's IdeaPad Z400 will be available in November starting at $549 USD.