Lenovo IdeaPad S12: Strongest Netbook of Its Generation


For those who still think netbook is purely for office typing or web browsing only, you are going to love this new netbook from Lenovo.

Lenovo will launching their IdeaPad S12 on this June 2009 and this series is certain the next generation of most powerful 12″ netbook.



Why? because Lenovo IdeaPad S12 is strong enough to play 1080p HD content at full speed (none can do this yet) either directly on its 12″ display or punch it to your HDTV via the integrated HDMI port. To spice up the news, Lenovo IdeaPad S12 also can run hardcore game like Sims 3 or Call of Duty 4 with DX10 technology at a reasonable speeds! Believe it or not, we will have the benchmarking soon from the tester site.

How this kind of stuff possible, you ask? Well, it’s all thanks to NVIDIA for their greatness to design and develop their NVIDIA Ion chipset and external graphic card solution. Now even our little guy (Netbook in this case) can play hardcore stuff. Isn’t that excellent? :)


According to UberGizmo, the Ion technology can be obtained for as low as $50 added to the total cost of Lenovo IdeaPad S12. I think that’s pretty cheap and won’t be a burden for most of us.

Well, let’s just wait for the benchmarking score, together with the pricing and detail specs.

UPDATE: The cost is predicted to be below $500, $449 to be exact and it will be available in July 2009, while the package with NVIDIA Ion will be available in late Summer date.

Here is the detail Specs of Lenovo IdeaPad S12 Netbook:

  • Display: 12.1 WXGA (1280 X 800) LED 200 nit, 250g
  • Processor: Intel Atom N270
  • Graphics: Intel integrated GMA 950, Nvidia ION
  • Memory: Up to 1GB DDR2 533 MHz
  • Hard Drive: Up to 160 GB SATA (160, 250, 320)
  • Battery Life: 3 hours with 3-cell, 6 hours with 6-cell
  • Weight: 1.4kg with 3 cell, 1.55kg with 6 cell
  • Dimensions: 292 X 216 X 22-28.9mm
  • Connectivity: 10/100m Ethernet, Broadcom 578M, Intel WiFi Link 5150 1X2 AGN, Intel WiFi Link 5100 1X2
  • AGN, Non-Intel wireless b/g, Non-Intel wireless b/g/n, Bluetooth

  • Other: 3 USB, 1 Expresscard slot (Intel and VIA platforms), 4-in-1 card reader, VGA, RJA45, HDMI
  • Software: XP Home SP3 (32 bit)


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