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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 DerwenArtos12 on 5/25/2009 11:03:15 AM , Rating: 2
Are we ever going to see a netbook with an Atom 330 and the nVidia chipset? If anyone would drop a 12" Ion netbook with an Atom 330 and 2GB of ram I'd have it on pre-order the day it was announced.

RE: 330?
By stmok on 5/25/2009 11:27:11 AM , Rating: 2
Are we ever going to see a netbook with an Atom 330 and the nVidia chipset?

No, we won't.

If you want dual-core, you're going to have to consider the next step up: Intel's "Consumer Ultra Low Voltage" (CULV) platform.

This uses low powered version of the Core 2 Duo (Penryn).
=> 5.5W TDP for single core => Core 2 Solo SU3500
=> 10W TDP for dual core => Core 2 Duo SU9400

Both run at 1.4Ghz.

Side Note:
This is how Intel has defined its netbook/notebook lines for the rest of 2009.

14- to 18.4-inch display
Calpella (traditional notebook)
Above US$1,200

12- to 13-inch display
CULV (ultra-thin notebook)
US$699 to US$1,100

10-inch display
Atom N270 + 945GSE chipset (Before September) (netbook)
Pineview CPU + Tiger Point chipset (After September) (netbook)
US$399 to US$599

8.9-inch display
Atom N270 + 945GSE chipset (white-box netbook)

RE: 330?
By DerwenArtos12 on 5/25/2009 2:12:41 PM , Rating: 3
I've been checking prices on those and they're about three times these netbooks. I just want some extra multi-tasking ability and the ability to play video in a tiny, light, inexpensive package. In other words, I want my cake and to eat it too! If I just want to check e-mail and crap I'll get a PDA or iPhone, I want a netbook that can at least do standard lite applications besides internet. Atom 330 and Ion 9400 just makes sense, sure it draws more, bump the price for the processor, don't sell it with a traditional hard drive, just with a mini-pci-e SSD of about 32GB with 2GB of ram, I'd pay 699 for it.

RE: 330?
By hybridr6 on 5/25/2009 3:47:14 PM , Rating: 2
If you are willing to spend that much I would get the hp dv2-1030 with a AMD neo processor which is actually 64bit and a Radeon HD 3410 w/ 512mb of dedicated memory. Personally I feel that the neo is a much more capable processor than the atom and has not been getting the attention it deserves.

RE: 330?
By iFX on 5/25/2009 4:18:18 PM , Rating: 1
Same here. Give me an Atom 330, 2GB of DDR2800 and nVidia 9000 series or 200 series graphics for $399 and I'll order ten of them.

RE: 330?
By iFX on 5/27/2009 4:53:34 PM , Rating: 2
Alright, alright! I'll order twenty!

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