Lenovo has just this week listed the IdeaPad Y480 on Lenovo.com and marked it as “Coming Soon”, but online retailer Tigerdirect.com is offering a more immediate gratification, you can order the Y480 now and choose one or two day shipping and have it on your doorstep this week. Which is interesting, seeing as the Y480 is an Intel Ivy Bridge equipped laptop and the processors still haven’t been announced. The IdeaPad Y480 on sale at TigerDirect is the 2093-4FU SKU and comes with the following specs:
- Processor: Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz
- Screen: 14” 1366 x 768 resolution display
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 640M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory
- Memory: 8GB RAM
- Storage: 750GB Hard Drive
- OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
- Ports: 2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, headphones, microphone, HDMI, 6-in-1 card reader
- Weight: 5.07lbs
- Battery Life: 5 hours
The Core i7-3610QM Ivy Bridge processor paired with the Nvidia GeForce GT 640M will make for a capable portable gaming laptop, the Nvidia 640m uses the new Kepler architecture and should outperform it’s older GeForce 555m graphics card. In terms of design, the Y480 is much like the older IdeaPad Y470 and Y470p we reviewed, though with a slightly different design accent on the lid. An image from Lenovo of the Y480 can be seen below.
According to a Lenovo sales rep I spoke to, the Lenovo.com site will not be putting up a Buy button on the Y480 page until May. If you wanted to be the first on your block to get an Ivy Bridge equipped laptop or had you heart set on the Y480, it seems Tigerdirect.com is your best option right now – until other retailers jump the gun that is! It’s likely that when the Y480 goes on sale at Lenovo.com it will have a starting price of $899 but possibly a slightly lesser configuration than what you see with the Y480 2093-4FU model.
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