Earlier today, Lenovo officially announced that they were flinging their own slim ultra-portable into the netbook fray, and even in an over-saturated market filled with cookie-cutter products, the sleek Ideapad S10 is looking like the netbook to wait for.
Powered by Intel Atom N270 and 945 GSE chipsets running at 1.6GHz, the S10 packs a 10-inch screen, and the press release labors advanced heat-dissipation technology which will prevent irradiated scrotums. The specs list all the usual suspects in netbook tech: an integrated 1.3M camera, 2 stereo speakers, a 4-in-1 card reader, hard drives up to 160GBs and the usual tiered battery options: 3-cells and 6-cells. More interesting is the multi-touch capable pad and an Express Card slot for WWAN.
Color options involve black-and-white and whore-red. It's a lovely little netbook, no doubt, but it's almost a disappointment that Lenovo is following the standard netbook design motif and eschewing the traditional Thinkpad design. A clitoral nub would not go amiss, gents.
Prices are very good. The S10 will cost $399 for 512MB of RAM and an 80GB HDD or $450 for a 1GB, 160GB HDD model. The battery life (and whether or not the 6-cell battery will come stock) are the real hovering question marks here.
This looks like it'll be a winner when it comes out in October. Of course, that's the problem with netbooks: if you wait a month for a much-lusted-for mini-note to come out, something better will already have been announced.