We’ve known for some time that Lenovo was working on a refresh of the U300 and U400 Ultrabooks but there had been no official information regarding specifications or price. Official spec information from Lenovo is now available, and thanks to a Romanian reseller, we can get an idea of how much the the U310 and U410 will cost. A new gallery of photos reveals that the U310 and U410 share some stylish similarities to the MacBook Pro!
The U310 will be positioned as Lenovo’s budget Ultrabook and feature a current-gen Sandy Bridge Core i3-2367M CPU rather than Intel’s next-gen Ivy Bridge chips. Evomag has the price listed at 3099 lei which is around $864 USD, but that also includes 24% tax (thanks for the correction to 24% Andrei!). Without the tax, we’re looking at $656 USD which would probably round up to $699 — not a bad price at all, even if we are talking about a Sandy Bridge processor. This gives an idea of how the low-end U310 will sell, but Lenovo says it will be offered with up to a Core i7 CPU and can be configured with either a 500GB/750GB/1TB 5200 RPM HDD or 500GB/1TB 7200 RPM HDD. Either configuration can optionally equipped with an additional 32GB SSD for Intel’s Rapid Start and Smart Response features (without the SSD cache it isn’t considered an Ultrabook). We’re also looking at the same 13.3″ 1366×768 screen found on the U300s that we just reviewed.
Thickness for the U310 is 18mm and it weighs in at 1.7kg. In the port department you’ll find 1xUSB 3.0, 2xUSB 2.0, full HDMI, full ethernet/LAN (RJ45), 3.5mm headphone/mic combo, and a full SD card slot.
The U310 will be offered in three colors: graphite gray, aqua blue, and cherry blossom.
The U410 seems as though it will also feature a Sandy Bridge processor rather than Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge CPU. Lenovo’s U410 product page indicates that up to i7 will be offered, but the site also denotes the U410 as having a ‘2nd generation’ (Sandy Bridge) processor; this conflicts with the reseller but appears to be correct. If Lenovo isn’t equipping the U310 or U410 with Ivy Bridge processors, they may be working on a thinner and higher-end Ultrabook for use with Ivy Bridge. It’s also possible that Lenovo can’t reveal 3rd generation Intel Core products yet due to restrictions from Intel and we may indeed see the U310 and U410 offering them soon. We’ll likely get to the bottom of this in just a few days as Computex starts.
The U410 one-ups the U310 by featuring discrete graphics in the form of the Nvidia GeForce 610M GPU. There is also an extra slot for RAM allowing Lenovo to offer up to 8GB of RAM on the U410. Hard drive options are the same as the U310: 500GB/750GB/1TB 5200 RPM HDD or 500GB/1TB 7200 RPM HDD; either of which can be configured with a 32GB SSD for Rapid Start and Smart Response (without the cache, neither Intel or Lenovo call it an Ultrabook). The U410’s screen is 14″ at 1366×768.
Thanks to the larger footprint, the U410 fits an additional USB 3.0 port over the U310, bringing the count up to 2xUSB 3.0, 2xUSB 2.0, full HDMI, full ethernet/LAN (RJ45), 3.5mm combo mic/headphone, and full SD card slot. The U410’s thickness is 21mm and it weights in at 1.8kg.
The reseller has an Ivy Bridge Core i5 and 750GB HDD + 32GB SSD model listed at 3999 lei which is $847 USD after removing tax; this will likely to be rounded up to $899 for US sale. This would be a good price for an Ivy Bridge Ultrabook but it is unclear whether or not the U410 will really feature an Ivy Bridge processor.
The U410 will come in three colors, two of which are unique from the U310: graphite gray, sapphire blue, ruby red.
Both new Ultrabooks from Lenovo feature WiDi (wireless display) technology to allow you stream HD content to a compatible HDTV.