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The just-announced Lenovo S12 Netbook will become the first netbook to sport Nvidia's Ion HD video and gaming platform, when the Ion variant debuts late this summer, priced at $499. The netbook, like its predecessors, features an Intel Atom processor and runs on Windows XP.  (Source: Gizmodo)
The new Lenovo netbook is the first netbook to feature the new integrated graphics chipset from NVIDIA

When the NVIDIA Ion high-definition integrated graphics platform was announced last year, the instant question which came to most was -- "When will this be appearing in netbooks?"

That question appears to have finally been answered, with the unveiling of the IdeaPad S12 by Lenovo.  The new netbook will become the first to use the new graphics chipset. 

The portable computer combines Intel's Atom processor with NVIDIA's 9400m graphics unit, the heart of the Ion platform.  This results in a machine capable of offering silky 1080p video decoding with h.264 playback acceleration, Blu-ray playback, and moderate gaming capabilities -- all in a netbook package.

The 12-inch notebook is a larger sibling to the successful S9 and S10 IdeaPads.  The Ion comes as a $50 premium option.  The notebook is otherwise almost unchanged in design from its predecessors, except for the screen size and screen resolution, which has been bumped to 1280x800.  The system comes with 1GB of RAM, 160GB HDD, a 4-in-one card reader, a 3-cell battery (upgradeable to 6) and an ExpressCard slot for 3G expandability.  It runs on Windows XP.

One minor gripe with the computer is that the 1080p capabilities of the Ion will likely go to waste, for lack of a screen with sufficient resolution.  You have to hook up an external monitor via the HDMI port to get 1080p. 

The S12 will first launch in July, priced at $449.  However, customers who want the Ion model will have to wait until an unannounced "late summer" launch, and will pay $499.  Expect battery life to significantly be decreased by such graphically intensive uses, though.

Other than the S12, Ion has only found its way into a few Taiwanese HTPC motherboards and the Acer Revo nettop (bigger and pricier than a netbook).

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By chmilz on 5/25/2009 10:38:47 AM , Rating: 2
Specs read like your average entry level laptop with a cheap processor.

RE: Netbook?
By koenshaku on 5/25/2009 10:48:28 AM , Rating: 2
and no CD-Rom but it is ultra thin which seems to be the latest thing. I would much prefer the AMD congo processor at the very least and the battery life on a 3 cell is a joke which is stock.

RE: Netbook?
By aegisofrime on 5/25/2009 12:02:12 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I laughed at this:

One minor gripe with the computer is that the 1080p capabilities of the Ion will likely go to waste, for lack of a screen with sufficient resolution. You have to hook up an external monitor via the HDMI port to get 1080p.

1080p on a 12 inch screen? Things are going to look very tiny on it indeed.

RE: Netbook?
By chrnochime on 5/25/2009 12:47:48 PM , Rating: 2
1080p cannot be displayed on a screen with max of 720p resolution, so technically you can't even watch anything in 1080p in its native res. on this screen.

RE: Netbook?
By wifiwolf on 5/25/2009 5:37:42 PM , Rating: 1
What he meant is that anyone needing 1080p would have need for some big display anyway. That's what I do. Just plug it to the tv, otherwise you won't see any difference in the video anyway.

RE: Netbook?
By Alpha4 on 5/26/2009 8:36:52 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. The requirement of an additional display is definitely a non-issue.

RE: Netbook?
By ET on 5/26/2009 5:04:18 AM , Rating: 2
Right. I'm waiting for 17" 1920x1080 netbooks weighing 4kg. Will still use an Atom with 1GB RAM.

RE: Netbook?
By afkrotch on 5/26/2009 8:53:43 AM , Rating: 3
I'm waiting for a 5" 1920x1080 netbook weighing 0.01 ounce and is powered by subspace vacuum module.

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