Lenovo Unveils Ideapad S12 With Intel ION Platform

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Lenovo kicked out their first 12-inch netbook today, the Ideapad S12, and fittingly it is the first of its type to sport NVIDIA’s ION platform.  In short, the NVIDIA ION platform combines an Intel Atom processor with a relatively high powered graphics card, the Nvidia 9400m.  This means HD playback along with other computing feats not previously seen in a netbook.  And the real kicker is that Lenovo is offering it for a sub $500 price tag.  Other features include a full sized keyboard, 12.1-inch (1280×800) LCD, 160 – 320GB HDD, 1GB of RAM, WiFi a/g/n, HDMI output, 4-in-1 media card reader, XP Home, 3x USB, Bluetooth and the option of a 3-cell or 6-cell battery. The Lenovo Ideapad S12 will ship sometime this July, while the ION platform is due ‘late summer’.

Lenovo Energizes Mini-Computing with its First 12-Inch Netbook
Debuts World’s First Netbook with NVIDIA’s ION Graphics Processor

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – May 25, 2009: Lenovo today announced the IdeaPad S12, the company’s first 12-inch netbook. The new netbook takes the best in connectivity, style and entertainment features in Lenovo’s other netbooks and brings users the next level in netbook computing with improved usability and performance. These enhancements include a 12.1-inch screen, a 100 percent full-size keyboard and new graphics options with the NVIDIA ION™ platform.

“We’ve heard from consumers loud and clear about the need for affordable and extremely portable computing devices, and we’ve responded by introducing our third netbook with a completely new form factor, making mini-computing more usable and redefining value in today’s market,” said Dion Weisler, vice president, Business Operations, Idea Product Group, Lenovo. “We are pioneering new territory in the developing netbook arena by being the first vendor to give customers high quality video and entertainment capabilities in a netbook with optional NVIDIA ION graphics.”

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