Lenovo this week quietly re-introduced its IdeaPad S10-3 as the S10-3s. So what's different this time around? Not much, except that Lenovo managed to nip and tuck parts of the chassis, slimming the profile down to 16mm. The S10-3s is also a bit more curvaceous than you might remember.
Underneath the remade exterior sits up to an Intel Atom N470 processor, Intel GMA 3150 integrated graphics, up to 2GB of DDR2-533 memory, choice between 160/250/320GB HDD or 16/32GB SSD, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, three USB ports, a 5-in-1 memory card reader, and a 6-cell battery.
The revamped netbook now comes pre-loaded with DirectShare, an app that syncs files with another PC, as well as Maplife, a geo-location utility for drilling down your location from nearby Wi-Fi hotspots.
Lenovo says you'll be able to buy the S10-3s later this month starting at $379.
All of Lenovo's ThnkPad laptops are 3G-enabled, and the OEM offers the largest selection of 4G-enabled laptops. Starting soon, Lenovo will add support for Sprint 3G and 4G as well, the company announced this week.
"Adding Sprint to our network of supported carriers gives customers even more 3G choice and expanded connectivity points with the fast speeds of Sprint 4G," said Dilip Bhatia, executive director, ThinkPad Product Marketing, Lenovo. "Demand for constant, fast wireless technology has become an expectation, and it's now mission critical for doing business today."
Lenovo says connecting to Sprint 3G or 4G will be a breeze, as the laptops will come with a SIM card already installed. All the user needs to do is fire up Lenovo's Access Connection tool, which Lenovo says is the "only tool available from a PC maker that can manage both 3G and 4G network connections."
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said on Friday that he sees mobile internet devices making up the vast majority of the company’s profits, possibly as much as 70-80%, in as little as 5 years. Currently, most sales come from the Thinkpad and Ideapad line of notebooks. Lenovo plans to accomplish this changeover by expanding into emerging markets. Devices likely to make up these sales are tablets, smartphones, and smartbooks.
Lenovo is currently the world’s number four PC maker, having purchased IBM’s PC division in 2005. The China based company just released their first touchscreen smartphone, the Ophone O1, in China. Lenovo also plans to release another phone called the LePhone sometime in mid 2010. Most of Lenovo’s energies are being focused on the China market as part of their “protect and attack” strategy. After they feel more secure in China, Lenovo may more into underserved markets like Latin America and Eastern Europe.
We've seen a lot of different keyboards, but nothing quite like Lenovo's Mini Wireless plank with an integrated trackball. Designed for HTPC duties, the trackball isn't even its most unique feature.
That would belong to its paddle-shaped design, a first as far as we're aware, and a masochist's dream come true. It also comes with 69 keys, the exact number required to tickle your inner Billy Madison.
Essentially an oversized remote control, Lenovo's paddle-shaped plank sports a 2.4GHz wireless Nano dongle, giving you 10 meters of control distance, or just shy of 33 feet. It takes a pair of AAA batteries and works with Windows 7 / Vista / XP / 2000.
German website NetbookNews.de discovered something rather interesting about Lenovo's ThinkPad X100e. As it currently stands, the X100e sports an 11.6-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 display, AMD Neo MV-40 single-core CPU, and ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, but an overhaul might be in order.
NetbookNews.de stumbled upon the X100e's support page, which showed a different set of specs next to the above. The alternate specs included a 10.1-inch screen with a 1280 x 720 display and Intel Atom N450 processor. In other words, a smaller version built around Pine Trail.
Adding to the mystery, Lenovo has since revised the support page removing all traces of Pine Trail. Was it an honest-to-goodness mistake or a sneak peek of things to come?
Have a juicy secret you don't want the world to know? Better keep it from Lenovo, which can't stop leaking information to the Web, especially when that info pertains to its W-series mobile workstations. Case in point: Lenovo isn't expected to unveil its upcoming W701 and W701ds notebooks until this Thursday, but we already have a bunch of specs to share thanks to a handful of slides again leaked to the Web.
Both machines are listed as using Intel Extreme CPUs, while the displays have been upgraded to 100 percent of the NTSC color gamut since we last got a sneak peek. They both also offer up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, Nvidia Quadro FX graphics, 5 USB ports (one of which will be USB 3.0), an eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port, HDD (up to 500GB) and SSD (up to 256GB) options with RAID 0,1 support, a 9-cell battery, and other odds and ends.
The W701ds, as we already knew, comes with a second screen, along with a Wacom Digitizer. What we don't know is how much it (or the W701) will cost.
Some attentive Web surfers yesterday managed to dig up information about Lenovo's upcoming X-series refresh, details of which were found inside the OEM's official maintenance manual for the ThinkPad X201. Lenovo probably would have preferred to wait a little bit before letting the cat out of the bag, but given the circumstance, the company has now confirmed it will launch the ThinkPads next Tuesday on February 23.
That's all the details Lenovo's willing to cough up at this point, but given what the maintenance manual revealed, it's believed the refreshed lineup will tap into Intel's 2010 mobile chips, including the Core i3, i5, and i7. If so, look for more than just an external makeover on the revitalized laptops.
There's no such thing as a good hiding place on the Internet. Once you post something online - no matter how obscure the location -- someone is bound to find it. That's one reason why whistleblower site Wikileaks is so popular, and it's also how we've come to learn about Lenovo's X-series refresh.
Some curious sleuth managed to stumble upon Lenovo's official maintenance manual for the ThinkPad X201, a 9MB PDF file (downloadable here) which reveals more than a few details about the new models' specs. For instance, we now know the X201 will ship with various Intel CPUs on up to the Core i7 620M. The slimmed down X201s, on the other hand, will opt for the less voltage-hungry Core i7 640LM with a 2.13GHz clockspeed.
And for you touchy-feely types, touchpads are now an option. Other goodies include a 2MB webcam option, fingerprint reader status LED, palmrest options (with or without touchpads), and a WXGA+ display exclusive to the (s) models.
Lenovo has introduced three new value systems rocking AMD CPUs and graphics. The C315 is a stylish little all-in-one set up, and the G445 and G555 are laptops. Lenovo is making no mistake about the message here. “Our new G series notebooks and C series all-in-one desktop are designed for users who want a simple but powerful computing experience without any headaches,” said Lenovo’s Dion Weisler.
The C315 will have a fairly large 20 inch widescreen display with touchscreen technology built in. It will have an Athlon dual-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and ATI Radeon Mobility graphics. At $649, this isn’t a bad deal at all. It’s sort of a budget HP TouchSmart machine.
The laptops look like nice values as well. Both will have 16:9 widescreen displays and Turion II dual-core CPUs. Radeon HD graphics are, of course, also on board. Lenovo did not detail what specs would differentiate the two units, which makes us curious as they both have the same MSRP of $449. Keep an eye on this if you're looking for a deal on a system and power isn't tops on your list.
Lenovo this week announced the ThinkStation E20, the first in a new series of entry-level workstations the company says costs less than $600.
"We've found there are a number of CAD and DCC professionals who are currently getting by on desktop PC hardware due to budget constraints," said Mark Cohen, vice president, Enterprise Products, Lenovo. "They're running workstation-class applications and could benefit from using true workstation hardware. We designed the ThinkStation E20 with these users in mind to put true workstation performance within their reach."
Lenovo has lined up a range of processors for the E20 line, including Core i3, Core i5, Pentium, and Xeon 3400 series processors. Buyers will also be able to choose from Nvidia's discrete Quadro line or step up to the FX1800.
The new workstations will be available by the middle of this month.