While I was under the impression that Lenovo planned to sell the IdeaPad S9 netbook exclusively in countries that were not the United States, it looks like at least two US retailers are now selling the netbook. Geeks.com and Buy.com both have product pages for the Lenovo IdeaPad S9.
The S9 is the Lenovo IdeaPad S10’s cheaper cousin. Like the S10, the S9 has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU. But the S9 has a smaller display, and the models for sale at the moment also have less storage and apparently run Linux rather than Windows XP. All of which makes me wonder why anyone would choose the S9 for about $349 when you can get a Lenovo IdeaPad S10 for the same price. It’s possible that Lenovo could increase the price of the S10 when the current promotion ends, but it does seem a bit silly to pay the same price for a device with:
- 8.9 inch 1024 x 600 pixel display
- 4GB solid state disk
- 512MB RAM
- Linpus Linux Lite
I’m also surprised to see that Lenovo is offering netbooks with Linpus Linux Lite, the same operating system offered on Linux versions of the Acer Aspire One. Early reports indicated that Lenovo would be using SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.
You can read more about the netbook in the Liliputing Product Database.