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When the Lenovo IdeaPad U8 MID was launched at the Olympics in Beijing, it was expected to "go on sale in the near future" with a price "equivalent" to smartphones. Exactly what that meant has been unclear for some time now, but today yesky.com reports that the uber-connected device has been priced at 4999 yuan. According to current exchange rates, that’s about $731 for a 10.6-ounce unit with an 800MHz Intel Atom Z500, 1GB RAM, 6GB SSD, and 4.8-inch WVGA touchscreen (see full specs).

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Exactly when the IdeaPad U8 can be purchased in China (and only in China) is unknown, but based on zol.com.cn’s massive 9-page review and high quality image gallery, it must be very soon.

Have a look at some of the photos below and decide for yourself whether you think the U8 should be on the shortlist of your favorite importer.

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I’ve never been a fan of this MID, but I have to say that it’s never looked better. And I saw it in person at CES!