New Lenovo IdeaPad S10 Netbook Announced

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Lenovo today announced its entrance into the budget ultraportable notebook, or "netbook," market with the IdeaPad S10 netbook. Like all netbooks, the slim and small S10 is designed to complement a customer’s primary PC rather than function as the main computer in your home. The netbook allows users to do simple activities such as connect to the Internet, check and write emails, listen to music and perform basic applications. The S10 is approximately one inch thick and weighs just more than two pounds in the base configuration.

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Lenovo claims that consumer demand for netbooks is growing rapidly around the world and that the IDC forecasts worldwide shipments of ultra-low cost notebooks rising from just 430,000 units in 2007 to 9.2 million in 2012.

A Netbook With Style, Good Features, And A Low Price?

The IdeaPad S10 features a 10.2-inch screen and comes in your choice of white and black as well as red and white. Unlike most notebooks that have a painfully small keyboard, Lenovo designed the keyboard to be 85 percent of the size of a full-function notebook PC’s keyboard. The energy-efficient LED backlit display also helps provide longer battery life than traditional displays.

For easy connection to the Internet, the netbook includes WiFi and also has an Express Card slot so users can enable the netbook for high speed mobile broadband connectivity. The IdeaPad S10 also includes a built-in web camera for video messaging, two USB ports and a 4-in-1 multicard reader. The IdeaPad netbooks come equipped with Microsoft Windows XP.

Using the Intel Atom processor, the IdeaPad S10 provides basic notebook functionality as a user’s secondary PC. Lenovo offers the IdeaPad S10 netbook in two configurations, with one having 512 MB of memory and an 80 GB hard drive and the second configuration having 1 GB of memory and a 160 GB hard drive. Both configurations should still be perfectly capable of accommodating a variety of data, from a user’s digital music library to a student’s homework assignments and more. Lenovo engineered the netbook to reduce the heat emitted on key contact areas such as the bottom of the PC, the palm rests and the keyboard. Additionally, Lenovo’s "OneKey Rescue System" helps users recover data at the touch of a button should a system error or virus occur.

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Pricing and Availability

The IdeaPad S10 netbook will be available beginning in October starting at $399 for the base configuration and $449 for the higher configuration. They will be available through leading retailers and



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