Upcoming Lenovo netbook has Pine Trail, buttonless touchpad

— 2:53 PM on November 16, 2009

Pine Trail approaches. We first saw netbooks based on the system-on-a-chip successor to Intel's Atom processor at Computex in June, and today, the folks at SlashGear have dug up some FCC documents that reveal an upcoming Pine Trail system from Lenovo.

One of the labels photographed details the system's base specifications: 10.1" 1024x600 display, 1.66GHz Pineview processor, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, and 250GB Seagate hard drive. The photos also show a relatively large, chiclet-style keyboard and a wide, smooth touchpad without any buttons.

As Engadget points out, the look of that touchpad suggests it could be one of those Synaptics ClickPads we also got our hands on at Computex. The ClickPad's entire surface acts as one large button, which requires the same amount of pressure to depress regardless of the position of your finger. To right click, the user can simply push down with two fingers.

Synaptics told us it expected ClickPads to make up a third of its output by June 2010, so we could start seeing many of those next year. Without the need to leave room for any buttons, netbook makers should be able to implement bigger, more comfortable keyboards.

You can see high-resolution images of the upcoming Lenovo netbook, fresh from the FCC documents, in the gallery below.

Tip: You can use the A/Z keys to walk threads.
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