Lenovo Ideapad S10 to enter the netbook stage next month

— 9:22 AM on August 4, 2008

Finally following in the footsteps of many other PC makers, Lenovo has unveiled its entry into the low-cost subnotebook race: the Ideapad S10. Gizmodo has the skinny on the system's specs, plus a photo gallery to go with it.

The Ideapad S10 is coming out in September starting at $399. According to Gizmodo, Lenovo will outfit the netbook with a LED-backlit 10" 1024x600 display, an Intel Atom processor, 512MB of memory, an 80GB mechanical hard drive, 802.11g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an ExpressCard slot, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and a 4-in-1 card reader. Users will be able to opt for a $450 variant with 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. Battery choices will include three- and six-cell batteries with three- and six-hour life ratings, respectively.

Lenovo's new baby. Source: Business Wire.

Physically, the Ideapad S10 doesn't look too different from Asus' Eee PCs. The keyboard, track pad, and hinge seem similar, but the Lenovo system does come with eye-catching red and black outside bezels. Strangely, the Lenovo's keyboard is only 85% of full size, which may feel a little cramped on a 10" system. (For reference, HP's 2133 Mini-Note pairs a 92%-of-full-size keyboard with an 8.9" screen.) That's a compromise some folks may be willing to make considering the S10's price tag, though.

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