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Lenovo IdeaPad S9 at Buy.comWhile I was under the impression that Lenovo planned to sell the IdeaPad S9 netbook exclusively in countries that were not the United States, it looks like at least two US retailers are now selling the netbook. Geeks.com and Buy.com both have product pages for the Lenovo IdeaPad S9.

The S9 is the Lenovo IdeaPad S10’s cheaper cousin. Like the S10, the S9 has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU. But the S9 has a smaller display, and the models for sale at the moment also have less storage and apparently run Linux rather than Windows XP. All of which makes me wonder why anyone would choose the S9 for about $349 when you can get a Lenovo IdeaPad S10 for the same price.  It’s possible that Lenovo could increase the price of the S10 when the current promotion ends, but it does seem a bit silly to pay the same price for a device with:

  • 8.9 inch 1024 x 600 pixel display
  • 4GB solid state disk
  • 512MB RAM
  • Linpus Linux Lite

I’m also surprised to see that Lenovo is offering netbooks with Linpus Linux Lite, the same operating system offered on Linux versions of the Acer Aspire One. Early reports indicated that Lenovo would be using SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.

You can read more about the netbook in the Liliputing Product Database.

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11 replies on “Lenovo IdeaPad S9 hits US shores after all”

  1. Why would anyone buy this? It’s just the S10 with a larger bezel, a smaller screen, and a tiny SSD in place of a regular hard drive, for almost exactly the same price. S10s start at $350 on all the major websites now.

  2. This would be an awesome system is it was able to take advantage of the smaller size screen. A smaller case,and a lighter system weight would make it well worth it. But, they didn’t do that, which makes you wonder why this product needs to exist.

    As it stands, it seem like only Lenovo wins for this; they get to put a cheaper screen in a system and the people who buy it get nothing.

  3. Have to agree with Guy. A nine incher that makes the best use of the available space for the keyboard and no wasted bezel, say under 2lbs. That’s my holy grail for a real netbook. (And Linux, of course.)

  4. Dont knock the Linpus dude.
    For newbies, it is perfect.
    I’ve seen many people and kids sit in front of an Acer One and just use it without having to think about it…its that easy.

    You can use the full XFCE desktop underneath it if you need to use Audacity, Gimp or Inkscape on the fly but the dummified 4 colour interface is dummy proof.
    If you cant figure out how to use it on your own, then I wouldnt want you driving a car.

    I wouldnt have used Linpus just because it is the distro which is associated with Acer which is one of the two big players along with Asus in the netbook game.
    There are quite a few Linux distros and remixes out there which are basically one-man shows, Im surprised that many of these big names arent making their own derivative.

    I love Mandriva but PCLinuxOS is a more polished derivative. Same with Ubuntu and the UBuntuEEE Remix and even Mint do a nicer finish job.

    Of course anything that can keep the disease that is Suse away from people ‘s computers is better in my book.

    PS: do the 9 and 10 inch models really have the same dimensions like Fanfoot says?
    I love the idea of keeping 8.9 inch netbook dimensions AND bigger screen.

    1. Oh, I’m not saying Linpus is a bad choice. I’m just surprised to see
      it, since Lenovo had previously hinted it would be using SUSE.

  5. It makes even less sense than that–this model IS the S10, just with a smaller screen. Specifically it has THE SAME DIMENSIONS as the S10, so the smaller screen is accomplished by using a WIDER BEZEL. Crap design all around.

  6. Who is going to shell out $350 for the 9″ model when the 10″ with more ram, a larger screen, and XP is the SAME PRICE? Maybe if the S9 was 299 (or less) it would make sence…

    FDA

  7. I probably would have bought the S10 if they were actually available when I got my Aspire One, but I am happy with my One.

    I am a little suprised with the features for the price on this one though. The Linpus One comes with an SSD that is 8gb and goes for a lot less.

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