May 26 2010

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t Netbook Tablet Priced at $399

Remember that Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t convertible netbook tablet we mentioned about a month ago?  These netbooks were originally priced at $599 per unit on the Lenovo website, but now with a discount and a coupon, you can get your very own for $399, excluding taxes but including shipping.

The 10.1″ Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t features the standard netbook specs — an Intel Atom N450 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a 160 hard drive, not to mention 802.11n Wi-Fi and Windows 7 Starter.  The base model comes with a four-cell battery, but you can buy a spare six-cell battery for an extra $49.

If you’re interested in buying the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t today, the coupon code that should be entered at checkout is USPS4F524.  Happy shopping!

Via CNet.

Apr 21 2010

Lenovo Introduces IdeaPad S10-3t Multitouch Tablet Netbook

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Lenovo’s line of IdeaPad S10 netbooks have been fairly successful so far — otherwise, they probably still wouldn’t be around.  But Lenovo doesn’t want to introduce another netbook that’s similar to the ones that already exist, and that’s why with their newest netbook, the IdeaPad S10-3t, Lenovo will be dressing it up, as well as equipping it with multi-touch capabilities and a swivel screen.

The IdeaPad S10-3t (the “t” is for touch) will be equipped with a 1.83GHz Intel Atom N470 processor — one of the first IdeaPads to incorporate Intel’s newest Atom processor — as well as the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system.  The swivel screen on the tablet/netbook is capable of pivoting 180 degrees in either direction.

Via HotHardware.

Mar 13 2010

Lenovo To Boost Mobile PC Production

Lenovo has been a long time champion in the field of corporate desktops and laptops, and only recently made inroads into the personal notebook market.  It has put out a few designs for tablets, like the IdeaPad S10-3t, as well as a line of netbooks, but it has seemed to most of us that Lenovo would stay in the business of making traditional sized ThinkPads.

Talking to the AP, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing stated that Lenovo is planning to shift away from traditional computing to “mobile internet products”.  He expects for mobile products to make up 70-80% of the company’s sales “within three to five years.”  This to a large degree goes against the standard image associated with Lenovo.

It is important to note that Yang didn’t go in depth about what is encapsulated by “mobile internet products”, but we can probably assume that it does not include the traditional notebook form factor.  It should be safe to say that netbooks and tablets are included, as it is unlikely for Lenovo to go MID exclusive.

Via Engadget

Mar 6 2010

iPad vs. IdeaPad

Immediately upon first glance, Lenovo’s IdeaPad S10-3t and Apple’s iPad share a resemblance in names. The similarities, however, extend further than simply their titles; both the form and the function of the two products parallel each other as well.

First off, the “innovative” touch-screen technology that make the iPad so highly anticipated also are seen on the IdeaPad. Although there have been complaints concerning lag on the IdeaPad’s touch-screen, Lenovo can potentially compensate by offering the classic netbook interface on the IdeaPad as well. With a simple swivel of the screen, the IdeaPad consequentially becomes a netbook/iPad hybrid. Sporting a full keyboard and mouse pointer, the IdeaPad seems to be a potential competitor towards the Ipad.

Unfortunately, the IdeaPad also has a few significant flaws: in an attempt to keep the size of the netbook at a minimum, Lenovo sacrificed the crucial handrest one constantly utilizes while typing. Furthermore, the battery life on the model is a mere 3 hours. Both the iPad and IdeaPad will be released at the similar price range from about $549-$649.

Now, consumers are left to decide whether the IdeaPad is a strong competitor against the iPad despite of its flaws, or is it interesting concept that requires more polishing?

Via CNet.

Feb 23 2010

Lenovo Develops Netbook Edition of ThinkPad X100e Laptop

Lenovo is taking its ThinkPad X100e laptop and delivering a 10-inch variant for the netbook lovers among us. The new machine hasn’t been given a new model name, for some reason, but it will come with a 10-inch display, Intel Atom N450 CPU, and variable amounts of RAM and HDD space, going all the way up to 4 GB and 320 GB respectively.

To contrast, the notebookier X100e computer has an AMD Athlon NEO CPU, 11-inch screen, 450 GB of storage, and 4 GB of RAM.

The netbook version of the Lenovo ThinkPad X100e will come with Intel integrated graphics and Windows 7 Starter edition. You can expect it in the next few weeks in the $500 price range.

Via Nexus404.

Feb 4 2010

Multi-Touch Tablet and Netbook All-In-One By Lenovo

The S10-3t will function as a standard netbook, but users will also be able to pivot and fold the screen down, allowing them to use the device as a tablet as well. As demand for multi-touch support seems to be increasing these days, especially for tablet devices, the S10-3t also uses capacitive technology to offer multi-touch support. Lenovo is not the first company to release a convertible netbook, but it may be the first to release one that supports multi-touch technology.

The device itself comes with a full keyboard, 10.1″ screen with 1024 x 600 resolution, 3.5 hour battery life (optional six-cell battery provides approximately seven hours), 1GB of DDR2 memory and a 170GB, 5400rpm hard disk drive. Lenovo has not confirmed whether or not USB ports or a webcam will be present on the device, but rumors say they probably will.

Lenovo has cited the use of Windows 7 Starter Edition, which presumably does not offer touchscreen support. To compensate for this pitfall, the company has created its own multi-touch interface on the netbook, as well as included DirectShare, an app that allows users to sync their netbooks to PCs. An upgrade for the S10-3t is also underway, which you can read about here.

Features of the S10-3t, including ones mentioned above, are:

•    Processor — 1.66GHz Intel Atom N470
•    Chipset — NM10 I/O controller
•    Memory — 1GB of DDR2 RAM, expandable to 2GB
•    Display — 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen with 1024 x 600 resolution
•    Camera — n/s
•    Storage — 160GB, 5400rpm hard disk drive
•    Expansion:
•    2 x Mini PCI Express (1 likely filled by WLAN card)
•    SD/SDHC/MMC/MS/MSPro
•    Networking:
•    LAN — 10/100 Ethernet
•    WLAN — 802.11b/g/n
•    Other I/O — USB (presumed)
•    Battery — Three-cell or six-cell, with 3.5 or 7 hours of operation, respectively
•    Dimensions:
•    10.55 x 6.61 x 1.22 inches (268 x 168 x 31mm) with three-cell battery
•    10.55 x 6.61 x 1.45 inches (268 x 168 x 37mm) with six-cell battery
•    Weight:
•    2.42 pounds (1.1kg) with three-cell battery
•    2.64 pounds (1.25kg) with six-cell battery

(From Windowsfordevices.com)

The starting price for Lenovo’s new device is the same as the iPad: $500.

Via WindowsforDevices

Jan 7 2010

CES 2010: Lenovo Introduces IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Tablet/Notebook With Detachable Screen

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Lenovo‘s new hybrid PC, displayed at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show this week, is reminiscient of the Always Innovating Magnetic netbook which featured a detachable screen for use as a tablet. Designated the Lenovo IdeaPad U1, the device is usable as both laptop and multi-touch slate tablet.

It’s a heavyweight, coming in at 3.8 pounds, and it rocks an 11.6-inch LED screen and the Windows Relevant Products/Services 7 OS. It has a videocamera, two stereo speakers, and an integrated microphone for voice chat and other activities.

According to Lenovo Senior VP Liu Jun:

“By fusing the functionality of a notebook with the slate tablet’s rich multi-touch entertainment and mobile Internet experience, U1 provides consumers the freedom to choose the device they prefer for any activity.”

When used as a laptop, the Lenovo U1 actually accesses a second processor within the keyboard for synchronized use. When you remove the 1.6 lb multi-touch tablet you can continue computing in portrait or landscape mode with the ARM CPY running Lenovo’s Skylight OS.

The Ideapad U1 Hybrid can deliver more than 5 hours of 3G web access and should be available this June for $999.

Via NewsFactor, image via Engadget.

Nov 26 2009

Netbook Manufacturer Acer Plans To Boost Presence in Chinese Markets

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Acer is currently the world’s second biggest PC manufacturer, but it’s looking to crank up its presence in Chinese markets within two years.

While Acer has seen strong results in Brazil, Russia, and India, the netbook maker has had more trouble in China where Lenovo is king. Acer tends to bounce between fifth and sixth place in China.

CEO Gianfranco Lanci explained to Reuters just why that’s not good enough:

“We don’t like being anything less than No.3 … You need scale, although of course it’s always a balance between market share and profit margins. Five years from now, China is going to be larger than the U.S.”

Acer plans to take extra market share by cutting selling prices by about 5%-10%. No word yet on whether those effects will be felt elsewhere, but at that outset that seems unlikely – manufacturers commonly practice price discrimination between different regions.

Via Reuters.

Nov 19 2009

More Info On The Lenovo Thinkpad X100e Netbook

We’ve still got to wait until early January for the Lenovo Thinkpad X100e netbook, but luckily some more info has surfaced about the upcoming machine in the mean time.

The new Lenovo netbook will come with AMD’s Athlon Neo processor, lasts 5.1 hours on a single charge, and will sell for under $500.

This is relatively inexpensive, considering its other fantastic specs. The Thinkpad X100e netbook will rock an 11.6-inch HD display, GPS capability, a memory card reader, GbE port, and up to 320 GB of storage. It will come in red, black, or white. And don’t worry – Lenovo has kept its famous red Trackpoint alongside a traditional trackpad.

We’re betting on Windows 7 Starter Edition for the OS, as that seems to be the norm these days, but since Lenovo has specified that the netbook will have “business and home OS support” it seems reasonable to add the Business edition as well.

Via Ubergizmo.

Nov 16 2009

New Lenovo IdeaPad Netbook Equipped with Pineview Processor, Hits FCC, Won’t Launch Until Early 2010

At first glance, Lenovo’s latest Ideapad ultraportable netbook, thus far named the FL5-B3,  is pretty typical, but at least it has an interesting CPU. The 10.1″ FL5-B3 netbook has 1024×600 resolution and is equipped with a 1.66GHz Intel Pineview processor (most likely the N450), 2 GB of DDR2 RAM (a Samsung chip), and a 250 GB 5400 rpm Seagate hard drive.

Designwise, Lenovo’s new Ideapad netbook will be similar to previous IdeaPads, but as you can see in the photo above, this little sucker will be a fingerprint magnet. Also, there is no trackpad button in this model, which implies that there will be some form of integrated clicking.

Unfortunately, since Intel is not releasing Pineview until at least January 2010, this Lenovo netbook is not likely to show up until early next year either. At least the wait’s only a little bit longer.

Via Slashgear.

Nov 12 2009

AT&T and Lenovo Team Up to Put New Smartbook on the Market

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs has recently announced AT&T and Lenovo will be teaming up to unveil a smartbook that uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip.

The new smartbook will be more functional than a smartphone, but less functional than a netbook. The display will be similar in size to that on a netbook, but like a smartphone, the new smartbook won’t have to be turned off. No more details are currently available for the product, but it is rumored to be officially unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV in January 2010.

Via Von.

Image via XannyTech.

Nov 2 2009

Plans for New Lenovo Ideapad Netbook Spotted on FCC Website

Lenovo may be releasing a new Ideapad netbook soon, as one has been spotted on the website of the FCC. Codenamed 0251, this netbook is rumored to have a 10.1″ screen display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, one USB port, a mini-HDMI port, and a 3-in-1 card reader.

This Lenovo netbook model is still being developed but we’ll keep you updated on the progress. In the meantime, here are some pictures and diagrams of this new netbook:

Via WirelessGoodness.

Oct 24 2009

Lenovo IdeaPad U150 Ultraportable Goes on Sale in Japan

The Lenovo IdeaPad U150 ultraportable went on sale in Japan on the same day as Windows 7. The U150 has an 11.6″ screen display with 1366×768 resolution, a 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU2300 processor, 2 GB of DDR3 RAM (it can have up to 8 GB), and a 250 GB hard drive. Other tech specs of the ultraportable include Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB/eSATA connector, HDMI, VGA, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam.

This Lenovo ultraportable is unique in that it has a trackpad that recognizes multitouch gestures. The U150 also has a multiformat card reader and “Dolby Sound Room” speaker technology.

The Lenovo IdeaPad U150 has a 6-cell battery, which is supposedly able to run for seven hours when running Windows 7 Home Premium. The weight of the ultraportable is 1.5 kg. Pricing and availability is not yet available in the United States but we’ll keep you posted.

Via Slashgear.

Oct 13 2009

Lenovo’s IdeaPad Y550 Laptop Compromises The Right Way

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Lenovo‘s new IdeaPad Y550 is something of a mystery, considering that just about everything on the laptop is a compromise of some sort; from the 15.6 inch screen to the NVIDIA GeForce G210M graphics processor, RAM memory and hard drive space.

Note, however, that I did not say that this was entirely a bad thing.

The IdeaPad Y550 seems to be a great general laptop, despite having only 1 GB of RAM (which is fixable for a low cost through Lenovo or independently). The laptop has a large array of peripheral ports and a decent amount of memory and a pretty decent graphics processor for a relatively low price. The array of ports also means that you can plug a variety of accessories into your laptop, anticipating both existing and future options. This could help keep you from being unable to use that hot new addition a year or two from now just because you don’t have the right port. You can find the full specs here if you’re interested.

Here are the specs, lifted from About.com:

  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4200 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 1GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 15.6″ WXGA (1366×768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce G210 Graphics With 512MB Memory
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0, eSATA, HDMI, VGA, ExpressCard/34, 6-in-1 Card Reader
  • 15.2″ x 10″ x 1.5″ @ 6.1 lbs.
  • Vista Home Premium

Overall, for the flexibility inherent in this laptop and given the possibility of a model under $650, this isn’t a bad laptop to consider if you’re on a budget.

Oct 8 2009

Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet, Now With Multitouch

If you haven’t guessed already, the ThinkPad X200 Tablet (Multitouch) comes with multitouch capabilities, courtesy of Lenovo and Windows 7. This (finally) brings the intuitive control that one finds with an iPhone to a full size tablet, but if you still want to be a little old-school, the digital pen has not been compromised in the multitouch addition and remains as an additional function.

The specs for the ThinkPad X200 are as follows:

  • Price as Tested: $2,000.00 Direct
  • Type: Media, Ultraportable, Tablet, Business, Small Business
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
  • Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo L9600
  • Processor Speed: 2.13 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Weight: 4.2 lb
  • Screen Size: 12.1 inches
  • Screen Size Type: widescreen
  • Graphics Card: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
  • Storage Capacity: 160 GB
  • Networking Options: 802.11n
  • Primary Optical Drive: External

Via PCMag

Sep 1 2009

Lenovo S10-2 Netbook Heads to Japan (HD Display Included)

Lenovo has created a version of the S10-2 netbook especially for Japan. In addition to the standard specs on the S10-2 netbook, the HD version heading to Japan will include a high-definition display (with 1280×720 resolution), which is still a rather unique feature for a netbook, and integrated Bluetooth support.

Up until now, there have only been rumors about the release of such a Lenovo HD netbook, but soon, for $50 more than the standard S10-2 netbook, consumers in Japan will be able to get their hands on one.

Via SlashGear.

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Aug 27 2009

ASUS Falls to Second in Netbook Rankings, Sixth in PC Sales

Competition is feverish in the netbook arena, with budget buyers and college kids opting for the cheaper PCs more than ever before. ASUS, whose woes we wrote about just days ago, seems to have taken the hit harder than initially imagined.

Once occupying the top spot for netbook sales, ASUS now holds second place. Acer has taken the lead, MSI is in third, HP in 4th and Lenovo in 5th place. Strong growth from MSI made Dell drop down to sixth. Here’s market researcher Eileen He from Gartner’s explanation:

“Acer is ranked number one because of their marketing campaign and their channel strategies… The result is similar across Asia-Pacific. After advertising and product design changes, Acer has bounced to number one.”

In total PC sales, ASUS is being beaten as well, with HP in first and Dell, Acer, Toshiba and Apple filling up the remaining top positions.

Netbooks as a whole, however, showed a 398.4% year on year leap by Q2 2009.

Via ARNNet.

Aug 22 2009

Netbook Manufacturers Give Low-Priced Latops A Taste of Their Own Medicine

Recently, as a result of the constant stream of netbooks entering the market, notebook prices have been dropping. Realizing this, netbook manufacturers have decided to take matters into their own hands.

Before we go on, we’d like to mention that while a few months to a year ago netbooks averaged 10″, people nowadays are getting seemingly more tired of the small screens and cramped keyboards. It’s possible that pretty soon, 11″ and 12″ netbooks may be all the rage.

The Lenovo S12 falls into this latter category of netbooks (the one with larger screens). The cheapest model of this machine is currently on sale for $379. This deal (ahem…steal’s more like it) also includes free shipping. The next cheapest model of the S12 sold for $499 a month ago, but the price is now being dropped to $449.

The $379 model is powered by a VIA Nano processor while the $449 model is powered by an Intel Atom processor. Perhaps a netbook like this is what future customers will be looking for – machines that combine both portability and performance.

Think these netbooks are still a bit on the pricey side? Well, at least they have a full-sized keyboard and a 12.1″ screen with 1280×800 screen resolution. If those aren’t tempting enough, you could always think of all the saved trips to the doctor’s office.

Via ComputerWorld.

Aug 19 2009

Lenovo Nettops Rumored to Be the Thinnest in the World

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Lenovo has recently posted (on Twitter) a tease picture of their first nettop, the IdeaCentre Q100/Q110. The company describes these nettops as “some of the thinnest nettops in the world.”

Currently, there’s no further information on the specs of these machines, but from what I see in the picture below, they look pretty nice and sleek to me. Essentially, they look like netbooks with stands.

Since these machines are nettops, we will be expecting some sort of Intel Atom platform, but can’t say which one yet. We’ll let you know more details when we hear them.

Via Thinkpads.

Aug 18 2009

Lenovo Netbooks Get Dolby Headphone Technology

Dolby International has announced that it would be equipping Lenovo S10-2 and S12 netbooks with Dolby Headphone technology. Essentially, this means that if headphones are plugged into these netbooks, users will be able to experience surround sound audio.

Dolby Headphone Technology is meant for headphones and is able to mimic up to five speakers. The virtual speaker environment that would be created by the headphones is expected to lessen listening fatigue for users that listen to audio for extended periods of time.

This new technology will provide “better sound quality without compromising with the form factor.” Furthermore, according to Lenovo, the new technology will offer better audio without excessively hogging the netbooks’ processors and batteries.

Via TechTree.

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