Lenovo has released the IdeaCenter Q180, a new member of the Chinese company's Q-Series of small-form factor desktops. Inside sits one of Intel's latest Atom processors, the "Cedar Trail" D2500, along with discrete graphics and a bunch of entertainment hub-centric features. Lenovo claims that the device can handle Blu-ray 3D playback, let alone "Full HD" 1080p video.
Specs include the aforementioned processor, a dual-core design with 1MB of cache running at 1.86Ghz, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, either up to a 750GB hard drive or a 128GB solid-state drive, AMD Radeon HD 6540A discrete graphics, a couple USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, 802.11n WiFi, an 8-in-1 card reader with support for SDXC memory cards, VGA and HDMI outputs, S/PDIF support, and a Blu-ray drive that docks against the side of the PC:
All in a 155x192x22mm (WxHxD) case (that's without the optical drive attached, though). I doubt it's really the smallest PC ever, as Lenovo says, but I'm sure it comes close, especially when it comes to thickness. At 22mm, this is a very slim PC...
While we don't know how that new Atom processor performs yet, the IdeaCenter should handle HTPC duty nearly effortlessly, and will likely be capable of some light gaming with that discrete Radeon graphics card. Still, one wonders whether just going with an AMD E-450 APU would have been enough...
In any case, Lenovo will begin shipping out IdeaCenter Q180's in December, and the starting price is $379. Interested? Here is the product page.
UPDATE: The Lenovo IdeaCenter Q180 is now available here on Amazon and other retailers.