The Lenovo Ideapad U300s matches the ASUS UX31 almost spec-for-spec and both appear to be ready to go. Pre-order pages are up (see our information page for the Amazon affiliate links that are available) and at least one website has one for testing. The first statement from James Kendrick, the reviewer for ZDNet was that the Lenovo U300s is “already the best Windows laptop I have ever tested.” Let’s hope there’s no showstoppers as the testing progresses.
While the U300s only has a 1366×768 resolution screen against the UX31’s 1600×900 screen, there are other differences deeper in the specifications. Customers are going to have a hard time deciding between the two…
|999 Euro||999 Euro|
|1.6Ghz Core i5 (2457M)||1.7Ghz Core i5 (2557M)|
|1366×768 resolution||1600×900 resolution|
|Full size HDMI||Micro HDMI + VGA|
|Wi-Di confirmed||No Wi-Di confirmed|
|–||SD Card slot|
|–||Sleep ‘n Charge USB|
|1.3Mp webcam||0.3Mp webcam|
|Availability: November possibly earlier in Europe||Availability: Now (USA)|
Obviously some of these specs are subject to change but those are the main specification differences we see right now. As for the important real-world reviews, it looks like we’ll get some detailed information during the course of the next week.
Watch ZDNet for the review next week. A gallery with comments is already available.