Lenovo Planning Slimmer, Lighter Netbook

The mini-laptop is expected to be powered by an Intel Atom N270 processor and comes with 1 GB of memory and a 160-GB hard drive.
Lenovo IdeaPad S10
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Lenovo IdeaPad S10

Lenovo on Monday introduced a lighter and slimmer iteration of its netbook, hoping to make the device more attractive to people who regularly take their PCs on the road.

The IdeaPad S10-2 starts at just over 2 pounds and measures less than an inch thick. To differentiate the product further from its other S10 models, Lenovo added a ring pattern on the top cover of the PC, which is available in gray, pink, white, or black.

With a 10.1-inch display, the S10-2 is large enough for a keyboard that's about 90% the size of a standard keyboard. The netbook also has shift keys on both sides of the keyboard and a larger touchpad.

The mini-laptop is powered by an Intel Atom N270 processor and comes with 1 GB of memory and a 160-GB hard drive. The system ships with Windows XP Home edition, a built-in 1.3-megapixel camera, and a six-cell battery that delivers up to six hours of power. The device will be available in the summer with 3G wireless technology for connecting to carriers' networks.

The S10-2 is scheduled to be available at the end of May through Lenovo. It'll be available through Lenovo channel partners by the end of June. The price starts at $349.

Within the netbook market, Lenovo competes with every other major PC maker, including Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Asustek, and Acer. Netbooks have been the only growing segment of the PC market during the economic recession. The mini-laptops, introduced in 2007, have screens 10 inches or less, are optimized for Web surfing and other basic tasks, and cost as little as $300.

Global shipments this year are expected to rise by 68.5% from 2008, according to iSuppli. During the economic downturn, much of the growth of netbooks has come at the expense of traditional PC categories, particularly desktops. ISuppli predicts shipments of PCs will drop by 9.5% this year, compared with 2008.

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