The award for the first Ion powered netbook goes to Lenovo for their new S12 netbook! We have been waiting many months now for the first netbooks with the new powerful Nvidia Ion graphics chipset to show up.
Just over a month ago, the first Nivdia Ion nettop was released in the form of the impressive Acer Aspire Revo, but until now nothing on the netbook side of the market.
The Lenovo S12 netbook has been officially announced by Lenovo as the worlds first Ion based netbook. The Lenovo IdeaPad S12 is Lenovo’s largest netbook today with a 12.1-inch LCD panel, featuring a WXGA (1,280 x 800) resolution.
Not only is the Lenovo S12 exciting for the use of it’s 1080p HD handling powerful graphics, but also because the 12-inch netbook features a true full sized keyboard, which makes typing less cramped, less than 3lbs weight, and low $449 starting price.
The Lenovo IdeaPad S12 also features am Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 160/250/320 GB Hard drive, 1 Expresscard slot, HDMI / VGA output, 3x USB 2.0, Wireless b/g/n, 100mb Ethernet, Bluetooth, and 3 & 6 cell battery options. The 3-cell battery should last 3 hours, while the 6-cell battery should last, as you would expect, for 6 hours. Windows XP Home SP3 is pre-installed.
The Lenovo S12 netbook starts at just $449 for the Intel GMA 950 chipset version, while the Nvidia Ion version (and 6-cell battery) is $499.99. With HDMI output and Ion graphics the Lenovo S12 can playback 1080p HD video and play many of the latest games.
The S12 measures just 292 X 216 X 22-28.9mm, and will be available in White and Black color options.