Lenovo has just began shipping the U300e in Singapore. The new Ultrabook aimed at the value market segment weighs and retails for more than previously expected, and is still not available in the United States.
With the relatively quiet start, Lenovo made pricing and further tech-specs available. I have updated the Ultrabook Knowledge Base and the Lenovo U300e tech specs pages with the new details. Please feel free to take a look at either for more information.
The asking price will remain SG$ 1,299 (~US$ 1,031) until 7th of March, after which it will return to the normal price of SG$ 1,499 (~US$ 1,190). While these figures may seem higher than those attached to other Ultrabooks already on the market, remember that these are from the official Lenovo site, which is known for not following reseller pricing policies. Expect to see more wallet friendly RRPs as soon as the first batch passes US customs.
My first estimate on weight was 3 lbs (~1,350g) — which would still have put it amongst the chubbier models –, as it turns out, the actual figure is closer to 3.5 lbs (1,580g) making the Lenovo U300e the heaviest 13″ Ultrabook you can buy today. There are a couple of reasons why it is so, the most important I think is the storage Lenovo chose to use.
It comes with an HDD instead of the now staple treat of Ultrabooks: an SSD. Since Lenovo intends the U300e to hold fronts on the value market, it had to do away with the Solid-State Drive to keep costs as low as possible, adding a couple per-cents of fat to the final product in the process.
The model going on sale for SG$ 1,299 today comes fitted with 4GB of RAM (the most the motherboard supports), an i5-2467M CPU (which is the top-spec option here) and a 500GB HDD.