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