The Lenovo IdeaPad s200 has the guts of a netbook but the full-sized keyboard and display of a larger notebook. It’s also rather stylish — and pretty cheap for an ultraportable notebook.
Lenovo will offer the IdeaPad S200 soon for $349 and up. The notebook has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a 32GB solid state disk, and an Intel Atom Cedar Trail dual core processor.
The company isn’t replacing its netbook lineup with these larger computers though. A Lenovo rep confirmed to me tonight that the company will soon bring an IdeaPad S110 netbook to market. It’s a 10 inch mini-laptop that’s virtually identical to last year’s S100 — but the new model has the same Cedar Trail processor as the S200.
While the IdeaPad S200 will offer netbook-like performance, it does have an HDMI output, thanks to the Cedar Trail chip’s support for HD video playback. The larger keyboard and screen should also make a big difference in making the machine feel like a full-fledged (if slightly slow) laptop.
There’s also a USB 3.0 port. The touchpad features integrated mouse buttons, and the battery doesn’t appear to be user-replaceable.
Lenovo will also offer an S206 model with an AMD Fusion processor instead of an Intel Atom chip.
At a time when every computer maker (including Lenovo) appears to be pushing ultrabooks with starting prices of $700 or more, it’s nice to see a few inexpensive alternatives as well.