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11/22/2017 5:13:13 AM

Lenovo to launch the first netbook with NVIDIA ION graphics

If you were a little underwhelmed by Lenovo’s last mini-notebook launch (the IdeaPad S10-2 which was a minor update to the original S10), the IdeaPad S12 should take your blues away. While this little puppy is a bit on the large side for a netbook, thanks to its 12 inch display, it has one killer feature: This is the first laptop to ship with an NVIDIA ION option.


  

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Up until now, the only ION-based products that had been announced were nettops, or tiny desktop computers. The Lenovo IdeaPad S12 is the first laptop to use the platform, although I doubt it will be the last. The S12 is also available with the plain old Intel 945GSE chipset with integrated 950 GMA graphics. This model should cost about $50 less and get better battery life.

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Here’s a rundown of the rest of the specs:

  • Display: 12.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixels
  • OS: Windows XP
  • CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270
  • Graphics: Intel GMA 950 or NVIDIA ION
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 160GB, 250Gb, or 320GB HDD
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi options, Bluetooth, Etherent
  • I/O: Expresscard slot, 3 USB ports, 4-in-1 card reader, VGA, HDMI
  • Battery: 3 or 6 cell batteries for 3 to 6 hours of battery life
  • Weight: 3.1 to 3.4 pounds depending on battery
  • Dimensions: 11.5″ x 8.5″ x 1.1″
  • Price: $449 with integrated graphics, $499 with NVIDIA ION
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