Lenovo enters UMPC market

Lenovo enters UMPC market

Lenovo Monday confirmed speculations that it will be joining the ranks of fellow laptop makers Asus, Acer and HP, in offering a budget, sub 1 kg mini laptop.

The miniature computing devices, dubbed ultra-mobile PCs (UMPC), took markets worldwide by storm when Asus first launched its flagship eee PC line last year.

Lenovo's offering comes in the form of two IdeaPads, named the S9 and S10. The former features an 8.9-inch screen while the latter has a 10.2-inch screen. Both models will run on Intel's Atom processor and utilize LED backlit screens in order to save on battery power consumption.

According to Lenovo, both models will be "approximately one-inch thin" and "weigh in at just over 0.9 kg". The company also said the keyboard on the IdeaPad S series will be 85 per cent the size of a full-function notebook PC's keyboard.

Features and functions

The products come with 1 GB of memory, and users can choose between 160GB of hard disk drive space and 4 GB of solid state drive storage. Users also have the option of choosing either Microsoft Windows XP or Linux, for the device's operating system.

Connectivity functions include the standard WiFi, with optional Bluetooth. Other features of the IdeaPad S series include a 1.3 megapixel web camera, two USB ports a 4-in-1 multicard reader and an Express Card slot.

The IdeaPad S series will be available from September. Prices for the S10, which comes in white, black and pink, will start at S$739 (US$530). Lenovo did not reveal any pricing information at press time for the S9, and could only say that the device would be made "available exclusively through affinity deals." Whatever that means.

Research firm IDC forecasts worldwide shipments of UMPCs will rise from 430,000 units in 2007 to 9.2 million in 2012.

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