Lenovo introduces Ideapad S10-3 netbook and S10-3t tablet

The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3 is the third consumer-oriented 10 inch netbook from the company. The base model features a new Intel Atom N450 or N470 processor and an updated design, but overall it’s not that different from its predecessor, the IdeaPad S10-2. The S10-3t, on the other hand, is another story.

The IdeaPad S10-3t features a 10 inch capacitative touchscreen display that supports multitouch gestures. The display can be rotated 180 degrees and folded down over the keyboard for use in tablet mode, which means that this tablet-style netbook will go head to head with competitors such as the 9 inch Asus Eee PC T91MT and 10 inch Gigabyte TouchNote T1028X.

Both netbooks will come with Lenovo’s QuickStart 2.0 instant-on software for connecting to the web a few seconds after you hit the power button instead of waiting for Windows to boot.

The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3 will start at $349.99, while the S10-3t tablet will start at $499.99, with prices going up to $599 depending on how you configure the computer.

More details after the break.

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t

  • CPU: 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 or 1.83GHz Intel Atom N470
  • Display: 10.1 inch HD multitouch display
  • OS: Windows 7 Starter, Basic, or Home Premium
  • Memory: Up to 2GB DDR2 667MHz
  • Storage: Up to 320GB 5400rpm 2.5″ SATA HDD
  • Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, Ethernet, optional 3G, WiMAX
  • I/O: 2 USB ports, 6-in-1 card reader, VGA, headphone, mic, VGA
  • Camera: 1.3MP
  • Battery: 4 cell, 4 hour option or 8 cell, 10 hour option
  • Dimensions: 11″ x 6.9″ x 0.8″
  • Weight: 2.76 pounds with 4 cell battery / 3.31 pounds with 8 cell battery

Lenovo Ideapad S10-3

  • CPU: 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 or 1.83GHz Intel Atom N470
  • Display: 10.1 inch HD screen
  • OS: Windows 7 Starter or Basic, Windows XP Home
  • Memory: Up to 2GB DDR2 667MHz
  • Storage: Up to 320GB 5400rpm 2.5″ SATA HDD
  • Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, Ethernet, optional 3G, WiMAX
  • I/O: 3 USB ports, 5-in-1 card reader, VGA, headphone, mic, VGA
  • Camera: 1.3MP or 0.3MP
  • Battery: 4 cell, 3.5 hour option or 7 cell, 10 hour option
  • Dimensions: 10.6″ x 6.6″ x 1″
  • Weight: 2.43 pounds with 4 cell battery / 2.76 pounds with 8 cell battery

  • Michael

    The thing with Lenovo and Dell, they have the bullshit 3 cell battery. Many ignorantly buy netbooks not knowing the capacity of the battery.

    I hope manufacturers will be clear as to what battery and what price for a given model. Half the time Brad gives quotes ie prices, it seems it is for the bullshit 3 cell battery.

    The Lenovo X100was a good example. They potray coming out with a super light machine but give the crap 3 cell battery. Nobody wants a 3 cell battery.

    The Sony X netbooks too mislead buyers. Though light, you get a mere 2 cell battery. And the very much more expensive option, you get another crappy battery albeit a 4 cell.

    Brad, I am sure many readers want to know, mainly, what cell battery is given. And in addition, what capacity battery. Like the Dell Vostro V13, looks slim and sexy but its a crappy 37W 6 cell battery.

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  • MonkeyKing1969

    Uggg, that convertible tablet costs too much. I know OEMs are trying to find a niche to get away from the razor thin margins of netbooks…but they are just shooting themselves in the foot.

    An inexpensive tablet/netbook would sell, it would sell like gangbusters. But it has to be affordable to at least 'some' of the masses. If manufactures want to make money they have to provide what Lenovo has above for $425 as a slim profit unit and then provide a step up with also a step up in profits.

    RANT MODE
    Also why are Lenovo, Dell, Asus, MSi, Acer, and all the others not tapping the 'store' concept? Are they retarded? Did they get their Harvard MBA too long ago so they don't see the business landscape?

    SELL THE UNITS! THEN MAKE THE REAL PROFITS SELLING TAILORED SOFTWARE AND APPS TO THOSE UNITS.

    No, sorry whining won't work. Saying “You can't replicate what Apple did on open PCs.” is dead wrong. Why? Because you CAN. Anyone looked at ValVes Steam service lately? That is ALL about selling apps to Wintel devices. And it is all about selling software that used to be in a bargain bin at a 'game store' for two bucks at a markup of $4.95.

    The fact is the freeware/shareware approach that has ruled with most small Wintel applications and programs for the last decade is dying. Those little programs you got from Major Geeks, ZDnet, Tucows, CNet, etc are all going to find that all the people supplying that sharware/freeware would rather make .99 cents for their freeware and five bucks for their full version.

    Moreover, the free service internet is going to change into the micro-cost Internet where everything has a price where what was once free is now 'almost free' at a very low cost. Information has a price and the 'too cheap to meter' Internet has about five years. Therefore, this is the perfect time to get into an Wintel/Linux store for applications. Soon enough dozens of services will be there doing what these fools now see as impossible.

  • rahul

    Does anyone know if this tablet is appropriate for taking notes in class using a stylus or pen? I don't know much about touchscreen technology but somebody mentioned that T91 is not suitable for taking notes (and I don't know if that is true or not either).

    I cannot figure out the difference between a “passive digitizer” and an “active digitizer” and whether that has anything to do with capacitive vs resistive touchscreen :(

  • biboka

    I like the new keyboard on S10-3, and the touchpad also looks interesting? Definitly no buttons?

    Anyway: Intel's new X.org driver brings support for Pinetrail chips. Source: http://tinyurl.com/yd5yw24

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  • ninetynine

    I can almost guarantee that this will be terrible for note taking.

    A passive digitizer and a resistive touch screen are the same thing. what this means is the screen takes pressure as its input method. That means that anything that touches the screen can activate it, including your palm. The Asus t91MT has this type of screen but has software that rejects your palm so you can write like you're writing on normal paper…in theory it ends up slowing down the screen's ability to read your writing, distorting and skipping in your writing.

    An active digitizer is a touch screen that activates only when a special pen is near or touching the screen. It responds much faster than resistive screens and means you can write on the screen with the same speed and position as regular pen and paper. You cannot user your finger to activate the touchscreen.

    Capacitive is similar to an active digitizer but only accepts input from an organic object (ie. your finger). This is what is in the iPhone and it is very responsive and ideal for multimedia oriented touch screens.

    Many tablets combine both an active digitizer and a capacitive/resistive screen to give dual functionality. However, this compromises screen quality and is very expensive.

    I believe this convertible will have a sensitive resistive screen or an optional upgrade to a capacitive screen.

  • rahul

    Thanks! That was a very informative reply!

  • dono well

    I'm sorry but this device is known to have a capacitive screen…

  • Gary

    And as usual you forget to include the most important info in the specs – screen resolution.

  • Gary

    And as usual you forget to include the most important info in the specs – screen resolution.

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  • ayra_rn67

    is there a difference between a netbook and a laptop? somebody help me please?

  • HIHA

    netbook has slower cpus than laptop, but cheaper the most time. Netbook may be useful to people who just use surfing, editing doc. or whatever that doesn't require hard working such as 3D game or such.

  • calcprogrammer1

    Dead wrong. The “free Internet” is getting ever more free. What once were freeware/shareware apps are now going either completely free (open source) or commercial. The middle zone may be dying but free software definitely isn't. As someone who refuses to buy into micro-payments I've found a great deal of awesome software that is free and open-source, licensed under a public license. The only exception is Steam, but I only use that because Valve's first-party games are totally worth buying, I don't use it for other apps/games. The way I see it, if it isn't going to sell for much it'll do more good as an open source application than a budget program (plus the markets are flooded with budget apps, so yours just gets lost in the mix). At least open-source means you get your app to more users and people who can learn from/reuse from your app have the ability to do so.

  • calcprogrammer1

    Dead wrong. The “free Internet” is getting ever more free. What once were freeware/shareware apps are now going either completely free (open source) or commercial. The middle zone may be dying but free software definitely isn't. As someone who refuses to buy into micro-payments I've found a great deal of awesome software that is free and open-source, licensed under a public license. The only exception is Steam, but I only use that because Valve's first-party games are totally worth buying, I don't use it for other apps/games. The way I see it, if it isn't going to sell for much it'll do more good as an open source application than a budget program (plus the markets are flooded with budget apps, so yours just gets lost in the mix). At least open-source means you get your app to more users and people who can learn from/reuse from your app have the ability to do so.

  • Shah Dhvaneel

    dose this have a wifi….
    or is it available on request????
    help meee!!!!!!!:(

  • nox

    Netbooks are designed special for internet web browsing only, well most them are. They are small and easier to carry, they are also designed to have lower clock cpus and a smaller LCD screen that consumes lesser amount of battery power compared to that of full sized laptops. Netbooks can and will last longer than laptops running on 2 cores on battery power.

  • Islandviewprince

    Bought one…does anyone know how to write notes…fingertips aren't detailed enough for note taking…a regular stylus isn't working and I see no where on the sites or otherwise, if it takes a magnetic pen or a certain stylus in order to write documentation.

  • Miss Andromache

    I have the Lenovo tablet and love it. However, I am not able to write notes into it. I do not think it responds to a stylus. The battery however lasts all day… about ten hours.