At IFA in Berlin, Lenovo unveiled its next generation of PCs, which should be leading the charge for the company into the Windows 8 era.
Lenovo’s new ultrabook, the U510, will ship this September with Windows 7, and can be upgraded to Windows 8 once the new OS becomes available at the end of October. The U510 has impressive guts – an Intel Core i7 processor and up to 1 TB of HDD storage, with an optional 32 GB SSD drive for data caching and faster loading and booting. Those interested can opt for either a DVD read/write drive or a Blu-ray drive. The U510 remains thin at 21 mm thick, but is still a little thicker than other ultrabooks out there, for whatever a few millimeters worth of difference means to you. Unlike other Windows 8-ready ultrabooks on their way to market, the Lenovo U510 will not be a hybrid tablet-PC, and will not have a touchscreen.
Lenovo also debuted its newest all-in-one PC, the A520. The 23” PC will have a Full HD 1080p IPS LED display. It will also be touch-friendly, with a 10-point multi-touch touchscreen. To take advantage of that touchscreen, the display’s angle can be adjusted anywhere from slightly tilted forward to completely flat. The A520 will run on an Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor, and will come with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM. Graphics will be handled by an Intel HD Graphics chip, which is great for watching movies, but not so much for gamers and multimedia professionals. Up to 1 TB of HDD storage will also be available, along with a Blu-ray drive and Dolby Home Theater v4 audio.
The Lenovo IdeaPad U510 will be available sometime in September, and will retail for $680. The Lenovo IdeaCentre A520 will be available in October, and will sell for about $1,000.