Lenovo is updating its IdeaPad S10 netbook line with three new features: Quick Start, facial recognition, and Lenovo Social, a social networking tool.

Quick Start is Lenovo’s answer to the ExpressGate software that Asus loads onto most of its motherboards (although not most Eee PC netbook models to date). The software gives a computer “instant on” capabilities by booting a stripped down Linux-based operating system with just a few programs allowing you to access a web browser, Skype, and photo and music applications without waiting for a full OS to boot. We’d already heard that Lenovo would be offering the software on its IdeaPad S10E netbook (which I believe is intended primarily for educational markets), but now it looks like the whole line of netbooks will get Quick Start.

The S10 line is also getting a facial recognition application that works as a security feature.

Finally, Lenovo is adding a tool called Lenovo Social, which seems to be a link to a web portal that offers access to Lenovo forums, blogs, and basic information about accessing social media sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Flickr. Lenovo Social seems to be geared towards people who have never heard of Twitter, and may never have heard of Facebook or Wikipedia either, if any people like that actually still exist.

The new facial recognition and Quick Start features will be available in March. No word on whether you’ll be able to add the software to existing netbooks or if you’ll need to pick up a new Lenovo IdeaPad S10 in March to use the new features.

via Laptop Magazine

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5 replies on “Lenovo adds facial recognition, quick start to S10 netbooks”

  1. @Kobra: The S10e IS the “reduced special education version”. Just ask Lenovo:
    You can of course also get it with SSD, not only HDD. The main difference is the cheaper/smaller screen of the S10e.

    This QuickStart feature, btw, is pretty useless. It just takes too long to start up the webbrowser and other stuff (it has to load from the hard drive, no flash).

  2. I’d like to point out that the Lenovo s10e is NOT a reduced special education version of the s10. The s10e is the model that Lenovo sells in Europe, what sets them apart are that the s10e has Bluetooth, 1024×576 screen resolution (16:9 aspect) and that it only ships with a 160 gb hdd and preinstalled windows xp and the “new” QuickStart

  3. I love my S10, but that quick start feature would really be some sweet icing on that cake.

  4. Facial recognition? No thanks. The social thing could be an attempt to build a larger support community around their brand. I’ve heard a lot of people say they bought Eee netbooks because of the support community forum that exists. Not a bad move. The quick start feature is something I would love to see on all netbooks. For many it would fit their needs 90% of the time. Too bad the Samsung NC10 doesn’t have this feature.

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