A recent batch of leaked slides have all but confirmed Ivy Bridge’s release date of April 29th , and as expected, pre-orders are beginning to pop up. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 will be one of the first notebooks out of the gate featuring Intel’s 3rd generation Core Processor, and it’s no slouch either. The standard $999 model being shown on Amazon will feature the 2.3 GHz Intel i7-3610QM Processor, along with a generous 8 GB of RAM.
Additional specs for the machine include a 750 GB 5400 rpm hard drive, a 14 inch display (no word on the resolution), and will be powered by a discrete NVIDIA GT630M graphics chip with 1GB of dedicated memory. At 1.3 inches thick and 4.85 pounds it’s a bit chunky when compared to some Ultrabooks, but it certainly has plenty of hardware to justify the heft.
If you plan on upgrading to Windows 8 down the road you may want to hold off and make sure the display meets metro’s minimum snap requirement of 1366x768, but otherwise this looks like a solid early offering.