The case of the missing Lenovo U330 Touch

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I need a new laptop. My trusty old Asus UL30A is starting to feel slow, and I’d love to have a better screen and an SSD. Because I mostly work from my desktop PC, I don’t need anything to-of-the-line. A mid-range i5 will do. Touchscreen is optional, but I do need 8 GB of RAM. Surprisingly, it’s not easy to find these specs in a 13 inch form factor. Which is why I was happy to see Lenovo’s announcement of the IdeaPad U330 touch. Unfortunately, it seems to have all but disappeared…

June 20th, 2013 – Announcement

Back in June(!) of last year, Engadget posted details about the “Haswell refresh” of Lenovo’s laptop line. By then, most manufacturers were moving to Intel’s new energy-efficient chips, and Lenovo’s offerings looked promising. Basically, I decided then and there that I wanted the orange U330 Touch, with the optional 8 GB upgrade and the Full HD screen. All Lenovo needed to do was release the product.

Six months of nothing happening

Throughout the second half of 2013, I kept an eye on Lenovo’s website, waiting for the “buy” button to to appear. Nothing happened. Then all of a sudden, the lowest-specced model turned up at BCC, a chain of electronics stores here in The Netherlands. But I didn’t want that one. While googling, I found the same model at amazon.co.uk, but not the 8 GB one. Shops offering other configurations never had them in stock. Surprisingly, the U330 is completely missing from Lenovo’s US website.

2014, but no U330 Touch

This week, Lenovo is announcing all sorts of new models at CES, but there’s still no U330 on sale in their own (Dutch) store. Nor hardly anywhere else. Is Lenovo trying to sell old stock before releasing new models? Are they afraid this IdeaPad will cannibalize sales of the more expensive – and equally orange – Yoga 2 Pro? I have no idea. You’d think the mid-range model ultrabook would potentially be their top seller. Bottom line is that the U330 Touch (and it’s non-touch sibling, the U330p) are essentially missing in action.

Vanished?

Do you own a U330 Touch, or have you seen one on sale anywhere? Please leave a comment below. I’m feeling a little cheated by Lenovo (so I may not buy from them after all), but this whole thing has become a mystery that I’d like to solve.

@Jacco_Potkamp pointed out the Mediamarkt/Saturn are selling an 8 GB version, but other than that it’s not very exciting. It has a Core i3, a 1366*768 screen and no real SSD.

Roy | January 7, 2014 | English,Gadgets | Comments (17)
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17 Comments

  1. I’ve been searching the internet for a long time and I can’t seem to find this machine within a thousand miles of the United States. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. They put together what seems like an amazing ultrabook for a really good price and then fail to release it? They just up and forget about it like that? I’m looking for an ultrabook now and I’d hate to buy one and then this comes out shortly after. If you hear something, please let me know. Thanks.

    Reply Comment by Peter Chang — January 10, 2014 @ 5:03 am

    • i got one for my wife, found it at office depot for $450 tax and shipping inc.(went up $100 after xmas) ordered 1 week befor xmas and got it on the 27th was supposed to get it on the 25th the said they came and no answer must have been real early but they delivered on the 27th after a conv. with dispatch . my wife us very happy with it after i tweaked it and added some win7 apps that put back some of the more familiar user options for her. great price for an ultrabook and the touch works similar to her tablet so see goes from one to the other without a problem..

      Reply Comment by aaron mcdaniel — March 25, 2014 @ 11:08 am

  2. Between this and the U430(14inch) which would you recommend? In leaning towards this one but since it doesn’t seem like it exists, I’m probably gonna end up buying the U430

    Reply Comment by Yousuf Jiwani — January 30, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

    • Screen size in laptops is a very personal choice. The U430 isn’t just bigger though. It has discrete graphics (which I don’t need) and a low resolution screen (1600*900). For me, the alternative is the Yoga 2 Pro.

      Reply Comment by Roy — January 30, 2014 @ 9:00 pm

  3. I from Norway and own a u330 touch. A lot of norwegian webshops had it in store right before christmas, and i ordered mine (orange edition) on january 2nd. Now it seems like only one webshop in norway has it in stock, and it has disappeared from mostly all other stores.

    Reply Comment by Pelle Politibil — February 4, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

    • Is yours one of the faster models? Core i5? SSD perhaps? Full HD screen evwn?

      Reply Comment by Roy — February 4, 2014 @ 8:47 pm

      • Core i5 4200, 8gb ram, no full hd though. 500gb hdd/16gb sdd, Not all the specs you’re looking for, but still.

        Reply Comment by Pelle Politibil — February 7, 2014 @ 8:52 am

        • Sounds like a great machine. Close, but no cigar for me, but proof that at least some of these models made it to market.

          Reply Comment by Roy — February 7, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

  4. How ’bout this one? http://www.alza.cz/lenovo-ideapad-u330-touch-orange-d514722.htm
    But still no SSD, just SSHD…

    Reply Comment by dezo — February 17, 2014 @ 10:36 pm

    • Hmmm, HD screen, but i3, and 1000km from where I live :). Tnx.

      Reply Comment by Roy — February 18, 2014 @ 9:05 pm

  5. http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/lenovo-u330-touch-i5-touchscreen-ultrabook-silver-21728647-pdt.html

    uk

    Reply Comment by asd — February 24, 2014 @ 10:45 am

    • Again, no FHD screen, no SSD and no 8GB of RAM. Despite the i5, I’d label this an entry level ultrabook. The (promised) higher-specced models remain MIA.

      Reply Comment by Roy — February 24, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

  6. http://www.bcc.nl/lenovo-u330touch-1.html

    in bcc shop it was claimed besides 500gb it also had a smaller ssd drive

    Reply Comment by sebastiaan — March 8, 2014 @ 9:31 pm

    • The thing with these ‘caching’ SSDs is that I haven no idea whether they work well (or at all) in dual boot setups. I need to install Linux alongside Windows on any laptop I buy. I imagine caching two operating system is compex, and likely to cause issues.

      Reply Comment by Roy — March 8, 2014 @ 9:40 pm

  7. Hi, Im from Czech republic. Im trying to find some info about ideapad u330 touch. I have found almost nothing. But its possible to buy it here http://www.czc.cz/ultrabook-lenovo-ideapad-u330-touch-seda-noviny-na-1-rok-zdarma/140982/produkt
    With ssd etc. Im thinking about purchase this ultrabook, but I would appreciate more info, reviews about etc. Do you know whether Lenovo is planning some event to show us new laptops? Tell us more info and so on? Thank you!

    Reply Comment by vera — March 14, 2014 @ 11:29 pm

    • I have no clue as to Lenovo’s future plans, but the deal in your comment is amazing. It’s under a thousand euros, and it’s exactly the model I would want. So it does exist. Thanks!

      Reply Comment by Roy — March 25, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

  8. http://www.johnlewis.com/lenovo-ideapad-u330-touch-ultrabook-intel-core-i7-4gb-ram-500gb-8gb-ssd-13-3-touch-screen-orange/p1101152?un_jtt_v_pdp=yes&un_jtt_v_from_product=un_product_2#page_loaded

    Hey this is being sold in England at the moment, exact specifications you want.
    Good luck!

    Reply Comment by Juliet — April 9, 2014 @ 9:06 pm

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    Reply Comment by t-mobile phones — April 17, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

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