Lenovo is updating its IdeaPad S mini-laptop lineup with two new models. Gone are the 10 inch displays of the past, though. Both the IdeaPad S200 and IdeaPad S206 feature 11.6 inch screens and full-sized keyboards, but they measure about 0.8 inches thick.
The S200 model has an Intel Atom dual core processor while the S206 has an AMD dual-core processor.
The new S-series IdeaPads feature solid state disks with support for up to 32GB of storage, up to 4 hours of battery life, and Lenovo’s Quick Start “instant on” software which lets you launch a web browser and a handful of other apps without waiting for Windows to load.
The IdeaPad S200 series notebooks have VGA webcams, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and optional Bluetooth.
Lenovo will offer the S200 and S206 in grey, white, blue, red, or pink colors.
The laptops will be available in June for $349 and up.
On the one hand, it’s nice to see larger laptops with low price tags and full-sized screens and keyboards. On the other hand, it’s a bit disappointing to see that Lenovo is only promising up to 4 hours of battery life for a portable laptop. Netbooks have been offering more than twice as much run time for years.