Lenovo U130 ultraportable delayed to late this year

Lenovo's new U130 ultraportable PC, the successor to its initial MacBook Air competitor, will not ship until the second half of the year.

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Lenovo's new U130 ultraportable PC, the successor to its initial MacBook Air competitor, will not ship until the second half of the year.

A CNET blog post on Sunday that described 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 pounds with battery, and measures 0.7 inches at its thinnest, the post said. In a review of the U110 last spring, PC World called the ultraportable the first laptop from Lenovo to contain "some sex appeal."

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

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

In an email, a Lenovo spokeswoman confirmed that the U130 won't ship until the second half of this year, but 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 compared to competitive offerings.

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

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