Right now Lenovo’s netbooks all fall under the company’s consumer-oriented IdeaPad brand. But a Lenovo executive told APC Magazine that the company is thinking about releasing a netbook as part of its business oriented ThinkPad line, although he stopped short of saying that Lenovo will definitely be bringing sucha device to market.
Today HP is the only company that’s really selling a netbook with premium/business features (if you consider anything with a 10 inch screen, sub-$500 price tag, and Intel Atom CPU a netbook). The HP Mini 2140 case is made of professional looking magnesium alloy and aluminum, and the laptop features an accelerometer which shuts down the hard drive to prevent damage in the event of a fall.
It’s not clear what kind of premium features a Lenovo ThinkPad netbook would have. It could sport a faster processor, fingerprint reader, or maybe even a pointing nub instead of a touchpad to make room for a larger keyboard. Of course, the Lenovo exec didn’t offer any details here.