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Lenovo IdeaPad S12

Nov 30, 2009, 12:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell Barnes)

"The differences are astounding – while the new unit is similar in size and has the exact same processor, the S12 is a more rugged unit that lacks the plastic, low-end enclosure of the first-gen S10 model. Loaded with Moblin or Ubuntu for Netbooks Remix, the S12 just zings – and will likely run even faster once Google releases its Chrome OS. This netbook ultimately falls in an in-between land, however, as the next S12 model to ship later in 2009 will include a powerful Nvidia ION chipset.

"A 12-inch netbook is a bit of an anomaly – the previous 10-inch model is still available, and most netbooks use the smaller size, but the S12 has a full-size 100% keyboard and a bright display that looks as good as previous Lenovo models in this size. The S12 netbook uses the Intel Atom 1.60GHz processor, which makes it sluggish for all but the most basic web browsing, email and docs."

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