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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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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.

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