Announced: Lenovo 3000 V100

Lenovo 3000 V100
Lenovo has revealed information about their new ultraportable, that is a part of their 3000 series. It’s the Lenovo 3000 V100, and has a 12.1-inch display, BUT, unlike the previous ultraportables they have released this year, the ThinkPad X60, this has a widescreen display (1280×800), making for a smaller footprint. Like the ThinkPad X60 series, the V100 is powered by an Intel Core Duo CPU (although a Core Solo is available).

With the smaller footprint, the V100 still manages to squeeze in an internal optical drive (CD-RW/DVD, with a Dual-Layer DVD writer available). In addition to the widescreen display, the V100 stands out from the X60 series as it has a silverish/metallic lid. It has up to a 100GB harddrive, 2GB of memory, and MSNBC reports that it has up to 4.5 hours of battery life.

A new addition to Lenovo’s ultraportable lineup, it has an “InstantOn” multimedia feature – if this is like past notebooks that had a similar feature, it will allow you to watch DVDs and listen to audio CDs without booting all of the way into Windows. They’ve also done away with the Trackpoint features, relying on a Touchpad interface for the mouse instead (I preferred the Trackpoint interface).

It starts at around $1099 and is available for order May 30, 2006. Once we have more details, we’ll make an update.

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