Lenovo’s latest IdeaPad ultraportable has finally got the official nod from the company’s Japanese arm. Yet to show up on the company’s US site, the Lenovo IdeaPad U150 has an 11.6-inch 1,366 x 768 glossy display, 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU2300 processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory (8GB max) and a 250GB hard-drive; there’s no 3G option, at least not in Japan, but you do get WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and gigabit ethernet.
Elsewhere there’s a 1.3-megapixel webcam, two USB 2.0 ports, a combo USB/eSATA connector, both HDMI and VGA and audio in/out. The trackpad recognizes multitouch gestures, and there’s a multiformat card reader and “Dolby Sound Room” speaker technology to try to eke out decent audio from what are likely to be pretty darned compact drivers.
Lenovo claim 7hrs runtime from the 6-cell battery when running Windows 7 Home Premium, and the whole thing is 1.5kg and measures 13.5-34.3mm thick. All that’s left to find out is pricing and US availability; considering the U150 goes on sale in Japan today, along with Windows 7’s official launch, we’re guessing we’ll see the CULV ultraportable sooner rather than later.