IdeaPad S10

Lenovo is launching two new models in the Ideapad Sxx series. The IdeaPad S10-2 is a 10 inch netbook like the original S10, but with an integrated 3G modem. As rumored, Lenovo is also introducing a new 12 inch model called the IdeaPad S12, which will also have built in 3G support.

Both netbooks laptops will ship with the Splashtop quick start interface that will give users access to a web browser, instant messenger, and a handful of other apps without waiting for Windows to boot. According to a press release from Splashtop makers DeviceVM, the quick boot operating system should work with 3G connections just as well as with WiFi or Ethernet connections.

You can find the complete press release after the break.

Update: I just got word from the folks at DeviceVM that the official announcement has been delayed and that the model numbers of the Lenovo laptops mentioned have not been finalized yet.



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19 replies on “Lenovo launches 3G enabled netbooks, plus a 12 inch model”

  1. What’s this? Did I just hear what I think I heard…or didn’t hear? Did Brad just call a machine with a 12″ screen a netbook without a verbal jab or a audible ‘snap’ of an eyebrow being cranked up a notch? 😉

    1. Whoops, that was a typo.

      I’m fairly certain I’m going to have to change my definition soon to accommodate 12 inch models because it seems like a number of computer makers are intent on grouping 12 inch, Atom or Nano-powered laptops into the same group as their 10 inch netbooks. But I’m not quite ready to change my internal style guide just yet. 🙂

      1. Upping the limit to 12 inch would drag in a whole lot of machines, old and new.
        Besides,
        you would have to change your hot-key for inserting “10.1 inch, Atom, …” strings.

        1. That, my friend, is BS. Your arguments would also dictate that Ferrari gets dragged into Ford because both make cars with four road wheels.

          That fact is a netbook is a ‘netbook’ because you can attribute several factors which when combine to make it ‘of a certain class’ of computer. To be honest dragging screen size by itself is foolhardy because the factors that matters would be overall case size and weight. If you take case size, weight, price, functionality, intended use, included software, and several other common factors about netbooks nothing precludes a machine with a 12″ screen from being more of a netbook then something with a 10″ screen.

        2. It reads as if you inverted the sense of my argument.
          You might give my post another read –
          I think you will see that we are in agreement. 😉

    2. And it’s sort of bad news actually…means Lenovo definatelly decided do differentiate between this new “netbook” Ideapad S12 and Thinkpads from X series (many of which also have 12 inch screens)

      Which means even less chances for netbook with Trackpoint…from the probably only manufacturer which would do it right.

  2. Brad, stick to your guns. 12″ models are just too big to be netbooks. It will really get interesting when the ARM units start a trend towards smaller machines again. 5″, 7″, 9″, 10″ and 12″ units all under the “netbook” moniker?

  3. I don’t see how reporting on 12″ cheap/low powered notebooks could take away from netbooks…

    1. I expect Brad will continue to report on them, but he has been keeping the distiction between netbooks and small notebooks. I personally feel he is correct. Nothing says he can’t cover two (soon to be three) different classes of small computers. Heck, it is his site. He can cover anything he darn well wants to cover. We can like it or not.

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  5. Mikez

    My point is you don’t add more machines if as you said “Upping the limit to 12 inch would drag in a whole lot of machines, old and new”. You don’t drag them in because most 12” machines would be excluded by the other factors and criteria.

  6. I hope Lenovo’s new 10″ netbook is based on the S10, not the S10e. I would love built-in 3G on a S10, but hate the S10e’s glossy screen.

  7. This deal sounds great, so if I choose to purchase this netbook I can use the 3G anywhere? Also, what will the price range be for this, what type of machine is it, windows, apple, etc.???

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