Lenovo U130 ultraportable set to ship later this year

Updated competitor to MacBook Air weighs 2.9 lb., measures 0.7 in.

Lenovo Group Ltd.'s new U130 ultraportable PC, the successor to its initial MacBook Air competitor, won't ship until the second half of this year, the company confirmed today.

A CNET blog post on Sunday describing the new U130's features had reported that it would ship in February. The new system will sport a new matte-black keyboard and wrist rest along with the same high-fashion fire-engine-red case and laser-etched lid of its predecessor U110. The new system weighs just 2.9 lb. with battery and measures 0.7 in. at its thinnest, the post said. In a review of the U110 last spring, PC Worldcalled the $1,899 ultraportable the first laptop from Lenovo to contain "some sex appeal."

The MacBook Air, by comparison, measures 0.75 in. thick throughout.

CNET's blog was updated this morning with all mention of the U130 eliminated.

In an e-mail, a Lenovo spokeswoman confirmed that the U130 won't ship until the second half of this year, but she declined to comment further on the new system.

Best known for its conservative ThinkPad line of business laptops, Lenovo is touting the thinness of its year-old consumer line of PCs in comparison with competing offerings.

For example, the new IdeaPad Y650 introduced Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas measures just 1 in. thick, a hair more than the unibody aluminum MacBook and MacBook Pros introduced in October by Apple.

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