What’s old is new again… and while notebooks with 10 inch screens were out of fashion for a few years, they seem to be making a comeback in 2014.
Lenovo already offers a Flex 10 mini-laptop with a toucshcreen display that folds back 300 degrees. Now it looks like the company may be preparing to launch a new model called the Lenovo E10-30.
It’s a 10 inch notebook with an Intel Bay Trail processor, 4GB of RAM, and support for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Android, or Linux.
Lenovo hasn’t officially launched the E10-30 laptop yet, but the folks at Mobile Geeks found support documents for the computer which include drawings, specs, and other details.
Here’s what we can expect from the laptop if and when it’s released:
- 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display
- 4GB of RAM (2 SODIMM slots)
- 2.5 inch SATA II hard drive
- Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Android, or Linpus Linux pre-installed
- SD card slot
- 1 USB 3.0 port and 2 USB 2.0 ports
- 10/100 Ethernet
- WiFi + Bluetooth
- 0.3MP or 1MP camera
- Stereo speakers and built-in mic
It looks like Lenovo plans to offer configurations with a range of Intel Bay Trail processors including models with Intel Celeron N2806, N2815, N2920, and Pentium N3520 processors. These are all low-power, 64-bit chips designed to balance decent performance and long battery life.
Speaking of batteries, the replacement parts list mentions two different battery options, so it seems the entry-level model may come with a 3 cell, 24Whr battery while there may be an option for an extended 6 cell, 48Whr battery that should offer about twice as much run time.
If the Lenovo E10-30 looks familiar, that’s probably because Lenovo used to make a netbook that looked virtually identical. The Lenovo E10-30 is based on the same design as the IdeaPad S100 from 2011… it just has newer parts including a USB 3.0 port, more RAM, and a faster CPU.
Unfortunately if the hardware maintenance manual is accurate, it seems Lenovo hasn’t bothered to upgrade to faster LAN or storage interfaces. A SATA III connector and/or Gigabit Ethernet would be nice.
There’s no word on how much the Lenovo E10-30 will cost or when it will launch, but based on the spec sheet, this looks like it should be a relatively inexpensive option for folks looking for a netbook-sized laptop with somewhat more modern parts.
Hey this thing did show up in Indonesia. Miraculous for Lenovo. $220 USD, but who knows what you get. From the Lenovo Indonesia site: CPU not specified. 10.1″ HD, LED Display (1366 x 768), Win 8 or Win 8 Pro, 0.3 MP camera, Up to 4GB max. 2.5hr 3-cell 5hr 6-cell bat., backlit spill resistant keyboard, up to 500GB HDD, 802.11 BGN or AC, BT 4.0, 1xUSB3, 2-in-1 SD/MMC. It says this thing cab use the ThinkPad OneLink Dock (4X10A06077).
Fanless Acer E11 FTW! Lenovo needs to update their chunky overweight designs.
It has just arrived in Indonesia! Price: $267. Must find time to drop by in local shop.
PDF indicates a fan assembly. Hope that is just a generic reference. We need to start seeing these 10 inch netbooks roll out without fans and in something as thin as an ultrabook/macbook air.
If toshiba can do a Win 8.1 tablet for $199 with capacitive touch, I think we can get an ultrathin, fanless 10 inch netbook for well under $249 or under $229.
Let’s hope they don’t ruin this by putting a shiny fingerprint, glare and reflection prone screen on it. Of course we’ll never see these here in Indonesia – the land Lenovo ignores. But maybe I’ll run across one in Singapore.
I thought that 100 Mb Ethernet was a typo. Surprised that it wasn’t. I hope more of these “netbooks” come out. Having used a 10″ Windows 8 tablet for over year now, I’d probably lean towards going up to only an 8″ screen next time. For a 10″+ screen, I’d require a notebook mode even if it’s the only mode (ie. non-hybrid). Flappy keyboard accessories and non-attaching keyboard docks won’t cut it especially if they don’t have a mouse pointer.
I would like one to replace my 5 year old netbook.
Problem is this is pretty much a 5 year old netbook retrofitted with some more modern innards… The VGA port being the only video out is an example of the netbook days when the ATOM GMA could only support VGA…
Besides, this is likely a model for emerging markets and other regions with lower needs… We have yet to see many 10″ models offered here but 2 in 1 systems are steadily getting cheaper and we may see more 10″ laptops offered later…
Though, Asus has had pretty good success with the their Transformer Book T100 series and they already call it the re-imagined Eee PC… So we’ll likely see more 2 in 1 solutions but the keyboard dock means you can easily use it as a netbook but with about triple the performance of the older dual core netbooks…
Looks like it has all the traits I loved about the original Netbooks… removable battery (for long periods of being plugged into AC, when I dont want to ruin my battery), and possibly upgradable ram? They dont say how much ram it supports, but they are Sodimm slots.
The Dual core Celerons only support 4gb of ram, but the quad core pentuim supports 8gb. We will have to see.
My only complaint is a lack of HDMI. It only has VGA
No, the dual cores can also support up to 8GB of RAM… but a 10″ model will usually only have one slot and that means only up to a single 4GB RAM module, as you need two slots to reach 8GB capacity… but there’s always the chance it has two slots and then it means you can upgrade to 8GB…
As for the VGA, by the original article it seems to be headed for certain countries as something for school kids to use and we may not even see it sold here in the states…
The PDF i linked in the comment confirms 2x Sodimm slots
Are you sure about the Dual cores and 8gb? Intel’s site says max 4gb on those model numbers.
Yes, at least the higher end dual cores like the N2815…
Main limitations is per slot to 4GB but as long as it got two then you can stack up to 8GB…
It also looks like the PDF also confirms up to 8GB (page 72)…
So, only avoid the lowest end N2806 option…
Btw, it’s too bad they’re using the older model SoCs… The newer releases, like N2830 not only are tweaked for a tiny bit better performance (higher thermal limit for example) but also have Quick Sync enabled… Something they disabled in all the initial Celeron/Pentium model Bay Trail’s…
I would really be interested in the Pentium version. I hope they plan on selling the Linux one cheaper than the Windows 8 version. I’d love to install Xubuntu on something like this
Correction: N2806, and N2815 are both dual core.
Whoops… I knew that, but had a temporary brain fart thinking “I know all the Bay Trail Z series tablet chips are quad core…”
No worries. I know you know the difference 😛
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