Lenovo launches MacBook Air rival, but to businesses only

By Chris Nicholls

SYDNEY: Lenovo has released their new flagship X300 ultra-portable laptop, which rivals the new MacBook Air for size and portability but will not go on sale through retail channels.

The 13.3-inch X300, which weighs in at just 1.33 kg, has a sister chipset to the similar-sized MacBook Air but unlike the Apple device has a 7mm thin DVD burner, as well as three USB ports, compared to the MacBook Air’s one. It also comes standard with a solid state drive hard disc, which is a US$999 option on the Air.  

However, due to its business focus, and possibly also its high $3,999 price tag (base price), the X300 would not be on sale through retail channels, said a spokesperson. Potential retail customers can still get one through business-oriented retailers, such as Harris Technology, though.

Lenovo revealed they would bring their U110 11.1-inch consumer-oriented ultra-portable to Australia later this year, though.

While the company gave no firm release date or price, the model, crowned “best of Show” at the recent CES, will arrive with a glossy red case, magnesium body and 1.3 megapixel webcam.

To help promote its recent entry into the Australian consumer market, Lenovo would also embark on a national television, print and online advertising campaign to build up brand presence, the spokesperson said.

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