As expected, Lenovo has begun taking orders for its new IdeaPad U160 thin and light laptop with a low power Intel Core i-series processor. There’s just one catch. While the company announced that the laptop would be available for $699 and up, the cheapest model available for purchase today is $1049.

Hopefully those prices will drop soon as Lenovo offers various configuration options.

For now, here’s what you get for the money. $1049 will buy you a system with an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel glossy display, a 1.06GHz Intel Core i5-520UM processor, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB hard drive, 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 6 cell battery.

An extra hundred bucks will get a laptop with a 1.2GHz Core i7-640UM processor, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and a 500GB hard drive.

While we’d heard that Lenovo would be offering a model with an AMD processor called the IdeaPad U165, it looks like that configuration might not be available in the US.

via Netbooked

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3 replies on “Lenovo IdeaPad U160 now shipping in the US… for $1049 and up”

  1. Over $1000 for that?
    Fail. Can’t see the reason to buy this over slightly older models running CULV for $600.
    In fact, even the Alienware M11x is cheaper, and has a better GPU.

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