Lenovo launches 15 inch, 4.9 pound IdeaPad U510 ultrabook

Lenovo is launching its first ultrabook with a 15.6 inch display. The IdeaPad U510 borrows its design cues from the smaller U310 and U410 ultrabooks with 13.3 inch and 14 inch screens. But it’s, you know, bigger.

The new IdeaPad U510 will be available in September for $679 and up.

Lenovo IdeaPad U510

The laptop ships with Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of storage, plus a solid state cache drive.

Lenovo offers a choice of 2nd or 3rd generation Intely Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors. NVIDIA GeForce 625M discrete graphics are also available.

The least expensive models will likely ship with an Intel Core i3 Sandy Bridge processor, a 500GB hard drive, 24GB SSD cache, and 4GB of RAM, but it’s nice to have some upward mobility options.

While the notebook is physically larger than its peers, it has the same 1366 x 768 pixel display resolution. Lenovo is taking advantage of the extra space to pack in an optical disc drive. You’ll be able to choose between a DVD or Blu-ray drive.

The laptop also features a 1MP camera, stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater V4 audio, 802.11n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.

Lenovo IdeaPad U510

Around the sides you’ll find 2 USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI and VGA jacks, an SD card slot, and an audio jack.

The notebook measures 15″ x 9.8″ x 0.8″ and weighs 4.9 pounds. Lenovo says you should get up to 6 hours of battery life.