Lenovo is introducing a new netbook that looks an awful lot like it’s last netbook — the IdeaPad S10-3. The new Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3s has a similar chiclet-style keyboard and touchpad with integrated left and right buttons. And the basic specs are the same, with an Intel Atom Pine Trail CPU, a 10.1 inch display, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. The starting price of $379.99 is also pretty familiar.

But there are a few differences. The most noticeable is that the IdeaPad S10-3s features a slightly modified case design with rounded corners, making it look more like the older IdeaPad S10-2 than the S10-3.  But more significantly, the new model is available with a bunch of configuration options that aren’t available on the S10-3, including:

  • CPU: Intel Atom N450 or N470
  • Display: 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel or 1280 x 720 pixel
  • Memory: Up to 2GB
  • OS: Windows 7 Starter, Windows XP
  • Storage: 160GB, 250GB, 320GB hard drive, or 16GB, 32GB solid state disk
  • Connectivity: Optional Bluetooth, 3G modem
  • Battery: 3 cell or 7 cell

The new netbook will also come with a new suite of software including DirectShare for syncing your files with another PC and Maplife for detecting your location over a WiFi connection. Lenovo also plans to offer the netbook in black and white, and with a new “spring flowers” case design. Only the white model will be available in the US at launch.

The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3s measures 10.6″ x 6.6″ x 0.9″ and weighs 2.43 pounds with a 3 cell battery or 2.76 pounds with a 6 cell battery.

More pictures after the break.

Update: If you’re wondering why I describe the S10-3s as 0.9″ thick while some other sites say it’s 0.6″ thick, that’s because I count the measurement from the netbook’s thickest point — which is usually the near the back where the battery rests.

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19 replies on “Lenovo launches IdeaPad S10-3s netbook”

    1. I’m very sorry to reply to you when I actually want to comment on this post, but after four tries I cannot get ANY text to enter into the comment box. ARGH.

      Anyway. I just wanted to say that the Spring Wind cover looks absolutely sexy, but a white laptop with a white keyboard is just begging to look ugly 6 months down the line when that white becomes all grey and smudgy due to intense keyboard usage (and resting my palms on it). I will stick to stick-on decals for my cover.

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