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.
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
• 2 x Mini PCI Express (1 likely filled by WLAN card)
• 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
• 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
• 2.42 pounds (1.1kg) with three-cell battery
• 2.64 pounds (1.25kg) with six-cell battery
The starting price for Lenovo’s new device is the same as the iPad: $500.
The updated machine will cost $549 with a new processor option – the 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 can be exchanged for a beefier 1.86 GHz Atom N470 for an extra $100. The new netbook rocks Windows 7 Home Premium, rather than Windows 7 Starter, which is absolutely worth it.
Keep in mind: with the $100 upgrade comes the Atom N470’s multi-touch capability. Other features include a 10.1″ screen, 2 GB of RAM, GMA 3150 graphics from Intel, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
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.
Some watchful eyes have caught wind of the Eee PC T101MT over at the FCC, an update of the $532 multitouch Eee PC T91MT netbook. It’s a bit early to expect this thing at January’s CES 2010, but the few hints we have sounds promising.
The new netbook will be a multitouch tablet, as designated by the ‘MT’ in the model name. It should include a 10-inch display as well as 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.
The ASUS Eee PC T101MT will most likely come with the ASUS TouchSuite, and hopefully an Intel Atom N450. For now, further details are nowhere to be found, but more could be forthcoming come CES 2010.
Via TechTree, image via BlogCDN.
This 7-inch tablet is the second Android tablet to be released by ICD. While the previous Android Vega Tablet was directed towards home use, the all-new Ultra Android Tablet is a more portable internet device. The Ultra offers capacitive and resistive touch screen technology, as well as a list of impressive specifications that including an Nvidia Tegra T20 chipset.
The Ultra offers:
- 512MB of RAM
- 512MB of ROM
- 1.3 MP Web Cam
- 4 GB Internal SD
- Micro SD
- Wireless 802.11 b/g
- USB 2.0
- Bluetooth 2.1
- FM Radio
- Dual digital microphones
- 3.5mm Audio Jack
In addition, the device utilizes an ambient light sensor and accelerometer, which maximizes the web browsing and video playback experience offered by the ICD Ultra tablet. Its 186 x 158 x 18 mm frame also makes the Ultra a worthy competitor of similar tablets like the JooJoo.
Image Via SlashGear
Look out iPhone, there’s a new world of multi-touch devices available to consumers this holiday season. One such is the newly unveiled Eee PC T91MT which stands to be the worlds first convertible tablet notebook which features a multi-touch screen and fully supports Windows 7 Multi-Touch gestures that we’re sure you’re already familiar with. Those who have finished wiping the drool from their faces will be pleased to hear that the the slim Eee PC, which measures one inch thick and a paltry 0.96kg is designed for mobility – it sports a shockproof 32GB Solid State Drive (SSD) and comes with an additional 500GB of online ASUS WebStorage. Gadzooks!
The Eee PC T91MT puts users in touch with their creative sides:
- Multi-touch functionality makes interaction with the computer fun, it encourages users to be creative.
- Virtually all tasks can be performed with a tap, drag, punch, or twist – get your fingers ready!
- Photos are viewed, positioned, and edited seamlessly.
- Reading a Document is like flipping through pages in a real book.
- Taking Notes and Memos with the included package TouchSuite is intuitive and easy.
- The touch pad boasts a 256-level pressure sensor, the Eee PC™ T91MT’s crisp and responsive 8.9″ multi-touch screen reproduces handwriting beautifully and accurately, regardless of whether a finger or the bundled ergonomically-designed stylus is used.
Eee PC™ T91MT
|Display||8.9″ glossy LED-backlit WSVGA screen (1024×600)|
|Operating System||Genuine Microsoft Windows® 7 Home Premium
Genuine Microsoft Windows® 7 Home Basic (China only)
|CPU||Intel® Atom™ Z520|
|Default Memory||DDR2 SO-DIMM 1GB
DDR2 SO-DIMM 2GB (optional)
(32GB SSD + 500GB ASUS WebStorage**)
|Wireless Data Network||WLAN 802.11b/g/n @2.4GHz, Bluetooth2.1 + EDR|
|Battery Life||Li-polymer Battery, 5 hrs*|
|Audio Codec||Hi-Definition Audio CODEC|
|Built-in Mic||Digital Array Mic|
|Interface||1 (D-sub 15-pin for external monitor) VGA Connector, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x LAN RJ-45, 2 x Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in), Card Reader: MMC/SD (SDHC); Disk Expander: MMC/SD (SDHC)|
|Physical||Dimensions||225mm (W) x 164mm (D) x 25.2~28.4mm (H)|
|Weight||0.96kg (with battery)|
|Colors||Infusion (IMF): White, Black|
The ASUS Eee PC T91MT tablet netbook can be ordered from Amazon, starting today. This computer is equipped with a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 processor, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM (but can be preinstalled with up to 2 GB), and a 32 GB solid state drive and 500 GB of free online storage.
The T91MT has an 8.9″ screen display which is backlit by LED. Other features include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. To learn more about the ASUS Eee PC T91MT tablet netbook, check out one of our previous articles. If you’re interested in buying the device, click here.
The specs are somewhat sparse for a device selling at $758 in Japan, $900 for pre-order at Geek Stuff 4 U, and $867 at Conics. However, the tablet netbook runs for 7.5 hours and comes with a 1.3 MP webcam, serving to slightly ease the pain of the price tag.
We’ve also discovered some snazzy video footage of the PA series netbook from CEATEC, so take a look after the break.
“Windows 7 complements our products, in part, because it is touch-aware… We can add a lot of value for first responders, health-care providers or educators with the new OS.”
One offering will be the Fujitsu Lifebook T4410 tablet, a 12.1-inch convertible machine designed as a business solution for vertical markets. One possible application will be in health care, where providers can navigate the hardware easier using their fingertips.
“There’s a lot of value-add for convertibles because they aren’t as commoditized yet. The T4410, for example, meets the needs of users working on their feet.”
Fujitsu’s tablet PC will be available for $1199. Another version, the Lifebook T4310, will arrive as a consumer version of the tablet.
The Lifebook P3010 is an 11.6-inch netbook based on an AMD processor with 2 GB of memory. It is priced at $549 and comes with 3 USB ports and a 6-cell battery.
Acer is releasing a new 11.6-inch netbook branded by Packard Bell. It’s has a 1366 x 768 pixel screen, runs Windows 7, and rocks an 8-hour battery for as little as €599 on October 22nd, the release date of Microsoft’s new OS.
Gadgeteer Rob928 over at mydellmini has modded the hell out of his Dell Mini 9, converting it to a tablet PC. He worked his magic with a solderless touchscreen kit, and the results are quite frankly astounding.
He needed to strip off the lid and trim the hinges as part of the process. One technological challenge faced by the modder comes from a heating issue, one we noted in our Dell Mini 9 review – this little netbook vents heat through its keyboard, and with the screen upside down, it can get a little toasty.
Furthermore, he booted it with Windows 7. Nice!
Archos is blurring the line between netbooks and portable media gadgets with its new Archos 9PCtablet. It’s a 9-inch Atom-powered tablet PC, and promises more in the way of entertainment than your average netbook.
The 9PCtablet has an optical trackball, and looks a lot like a Viliv S7. Of course, the Viliv devices have tiny screens in comparison.
The Archos 9 will be out this fall with Windows 7 as the OS. It uses a 1.2 GHz iteration of the Intel Atom, which may or may not give the kind of performance we’re used to from the 1.6 GHz Atom N270 or 1.66 GHz N280.
Archos supplied specs for the new 9PCtablet:
- Processor: Intel Atom Z515 1.2 GHz
- Video Chipset: Integrated US15W
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7
- System Memory: 1GB (DDR2 400/533)
- Display: 8.9” touch screen – 1024 x 600 pixels
- HDD: 60GB or 120GB
- Communication: Ethernet 10/100
- WiFi: PCI-E interface, 2 Antennas, Support IEEE 802.11b/g
- Bluetooth 2.1
- Optional 3.5G HSUPA – Huawei EM750M 7.2Mbts module
- Audio: 2 stereo speakers
- Built-in Microphone
- Optical Finger Navigation System with Right and Left click buttons
- 1 USB 2.0 port
- Audio/headphone output
- Web cam: Built-in 1.3MP camera
Archos will be releasing black and white versions of the new tablet netbook. Other options include a 60 or 120GB hard drive and a 3.5G HSUPA antenna.
The Always Innovating Touch Book is finally going into production. It’s turning a lot of heads with one fantastic new feature – the ability to detach the touch display from the keyboard for use as a tablet.
The display is an 8.9-inch pressure sensitive tablet with a magnetic back. The accompanying keyboard is 95% of full size, and together, the Touch Book acts like your average netbook.
Space is a definite downside, with a mere 8 GB from the SD card. The CPU is the OMAP3530, an ARM chip by Texas Instruments. The netbook has 256 MB of RAM and 256 MG of NAND memory.
Bonus features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 3D accelerometer and three USB ports for netbook accessories.
Pricing is the same as previously announced – $300 for the tablet alone or $400 for the whole deal. The Touch Book is a tad weaker than most netbooks, but if you’re looking for an all-around awesome gadget to impress your friends, it might just be the device for you.
Not a year ago, this might have been labeled an ultramobile PC, but nowadays we’re calling devices like the Kohjinsha SK3 touchscreen netbooks. The new device is Kohjinsha’s upgrade to the 7-inch SC3 UMPC. What’s different? The new device got a better battery and upgraded cameras, among other things.
While comparisons to the ASUS Eee PC T91 are tempting, the SK3’s convertible resistive touchscreen is 3 inches smaller than that on the T91. The 1.3 GHz Menlow CPU is supposedly fast enough to run Vista. Wi-Fi got draft-n support this time, and old connectivity choices like PCI Express, SD, VGA and Ethernet are still included. The netbook has GPS capability as well.
Unfortunately, we don’t know quite what kind of life we’ll be seeing for the new battery. Pricing is also unknown, but we’ll be on it as soon as the numbers are out there.
Announced at CeBIT this year, the Gigabyte T1028 netbook is a tablet with some interesting features. Some reviewers at UMPC Portal have put together a hands-on review of the netbook, which costs over $600. How does it justify the price tag?
The swiveling touchscreen is always a classy addition, but no less crucial are the ExpressCard slot, embedded 3G capability, snappy Wi-Fi, and a lightning quick 2.5-inch drive.
TechCrunch has been hard at work since our last feature on their CrunchPad netbook project, and the results are pleasing to say the least.
Michael Arrington has put his money down where it matters, and the latest prototype of their tablet PC has – to much fanfare – finally seen the light of day. Take a look:
The project was officially announced today. The CrunchPad can be built for around $250 and runs Linux based on the Intel Atom. While credit has been given to Singaporean Fusion Garage for development, the site is clearly looking for a manufacturer to widely distribute the product.
TechCrunch’s innovation in creating their own prototype is to be lauded, and who can say it doesn’t make sense? They’ve got the expertise and the resources, and apparently the motivation.
It would be nice to see flashier sites or groups making their own netbook prototypes, perhaps even in the ‘dying industry’ of newspapers. The Amazon Kindle comes to mind.
We’ll be reporting more on this development as news is released, but until then we offer our congratulations to TechCrunch for making their vision a reality. Be sure to read our earlier feature on the CrunchPad as well.
Three new netbooks were announced by Gigabyte at CeBIT this year. Gigabyte is the maker of the previously announced Touchnote M1028 tablet netbook, but is expanding its offerings to include a desktop docking station and the mysterious Gigabyte S1024 ThinNote.
The netbooks are produced by Moblix and all feature the Intel Atom. The M1022 BookTop desktop docking station and ThinNote use the older Atom N270 chip while the TouchNote tablet netbook uses the ‘upgraded’ Atom N280. Other common features include “10.1-inch displays, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 and 1GB of RAM.”
You can expect the Gigabyte netbooks to ship around April 30th, priced at – brace yourself – $594 for the M1022 and $644 for the TouchNote tablet. The Gigabyte S1024 ThinNote netbook will also come into the game at an unannounced date for $594.
The latest in fantastic new netbooks has arrived in the form of the 8.9-inch touchscreen Eee PC T91, a tablet PC with classy features to spare.
Its swiveling touchscreen is a nice touch. Some have suggested that tablet netbooks are to be the latest fad in the industry, with recent releases like the T91 or Gigabyte TouchNote cited as proof.
The new Eee PC will run Windows XP and run an Intel Atom. This standard setup is altered slightly by using the 1.33 GHz Atom, presumably to save energy.
ASUS has developed its own software for touch sensitivity and is using that for the Eee PC T91 netbook. Other features include a TV tuner, GPS, and an FM radio. The Dell Mini 10 will also feature a TV tuner among other features, so perhaps that is another coming trend.
The machine should cost about $500. It’s costlier than other Eee PC netbooks, but makes up for it with a set of features that will appeal to a wide variety of consumers.
The Mobile World Congress 2009 ended recently. The majority of the new tech announcements were related to phones, though we did get to see the new LG X120 netbook. However, that wasn’t the only new netbook release.
Also notable was a new tablet PC by Gigabyte. The new TouchNote M1028 is a 10-inch netbook with tablet functionality on its swiveling touchscreen. Its specs are pretty standard – an Atom N270 at 1.6 GHz, 1 GB RAM, and a 160 GB HDD. It runs Windows XP.
Gigabyte’s involvement in the netbook market has been limited, with most of its new announcements planned for 2Q09. However, its new tablet netbook has caused some to posit that tablet functionality will put the spice back into the netbook industry. Truc Bui of GottaBeMobile thinks that a market reduced to offering its products in designer makeup is showing clear signs of its novelty wearing off.
I personally see gimmicks like the Vivienne Tam netbook as a sign of the industry’s flourishing, rather than its dying. After all, who takes chances on a flashy netbook that’s $245 too expensive if they’re worried about getting their products out there in the first place? Producers like HP know people are buying whatever they make, so they’re willing to be a little risky.
Regardless, it’s entirely possible that tablet netbooks are the next big thing in the industry. Announcements like the Viliv S7 or the CrunchPad are exciting, so if the TouchNote M1028 heralds a new era of touch-sensitivity, I’m all for it.