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Lenovo IdeaPad U260 ultraportable packs Intel Core i7

Computer maker Lenovo has decided it won’t let the ultraportable market slide away this holiday season, announcing the IdeaPad U260, what it’s calling the “world’ first” ultraportable notebook computer with a 12.5-inch display. The IdeaPad U260 is just under half an inch thick, and features a U-shaped profile that Lenovo says is inspired by the look and feel of a classic leather-bound notebook.

“The U260 is a design one can truly touch and feel that showcases the extreme attention our team places in every aspect of design, from mechanical to human interaction to color, material and finish,” said the VP of Lenovo’s Innovation Design Center Yingjia Yao, in a statement. “Our philosophy is that Idea product design should be simple, unique and provide value, and the IdeaPad U260 delivers just that through the high-quality selection of materials, advanced ergonomics and a signature design concept.”

The IdeaPad U260 features a one-piece seamless exterior cover and a black leather-patterned palm rest for a luxury look. The U260 features a 12.5-inch 1,366 by 768-pixel LCD display driven by Intel HD Graphics along with either HDD or SSD storage options (up to 320 and 128 GB, respectively). The system will support up to 4 GB of RAM, and can be powered by up to a 1.46 GHz ULV version of an Intel Core i7 processor—Pentium Core i3, and Core i5 CPUs will also be available. The system also features HDMI output for connecting to an HDTV, along with VGA output, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking, gigabit Ethernet an integrated VGA webcam for video chat, 2 USB 2.0 ports, Dolby Advanced Audio surround sound speakers, and a glass multitouch trackpad. To help with cooling, the U260 also integrates a “Breathable Keyboard,” utilizing an Intel Advanced Cooling Technology that enables heat to escape through the keyboard (and potentially warm those fingertips on cold winter nights) while maintaining spill resistance.

Lenovo says the IdeaPad U260 is available today at prices starting at $899, with mocha and “clementine orange” case colors.

[Updated with additional specs from Lenovo.]