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Lenovo Dives into Sub-Notebook Computing with First Consumer “Netbooks”

   

SINGAPORE, August 4, 2008 – Lenovo today announced it is entering the "netbook" market with the IdeaPad S9 and S10 netbooks. Lenovo designed the super-slim, super-small IdeaPad S9 and S10 netbooks to complement a customer’s primary PC or as a first-time, introductory PC purchase. The IdeaPad S9 and S10 netbooks allow users to do simple activities such as dive the Internet, check and write emails, listen to music and run basic applications. Approximately one inch thin with models weighing just over 0.9kg, the IdeaPad S9 and S10 netbooks typify thin and light design.

"IdeaPad netbooks are the latest in a string of recently announced Lenovo products, designed specifically for consumers worldwide and developed through our heritage of technological innovation and exceptional engineering," said Philip Tan, Country Manager, Consumer Business, Lenovo Singapore. "As rapidly as the technology changes, today's consumers are looking for mobile products that feature the best of basic computing functions in an extremely compact and affordable form, and Lenovo designed the IdeaPad netbooks for that purpose."

Consumer demand for netbooks is growing rapidly around the world. IDC forecasts worldwide shipments of ultra-low cost notebooks rising from just 430,000 units in 2007 to 9.2 million in 2012.1

A Palette Full of Style, Color and Convenience
The 8.9-inch screen IdeaPad S9 and 10.2-inch screen IdeaPad S10 netbooks come in glossy flavors of deep blue, pastel pink and ruby red as well as in classic white and bold black. For a comfortable, more natural computing experience, Lenovo designed the keyboard to be 85 percent of the size of a full-function notebook PC's keyboard, and an energy-efficient LED backlit display helps provide longer battery life than traditional displays.

For easy connection to the Internet, the netbooks feature WiFi and optional Bluetooth connectivity and also have an Express Card slot so users can enable the netbooks for optional high speed mobile broadband connectivity.2 Often used as a social networking device, the netbooks come with tools that optimize the experience such as a built-in web camera for video messaging, and its two USB ports and a 4-in-1 multicard reader make connecting other devices and transferring photos, music and videos simple. IdeaPad netbooks come equipped with either Microsoft Windows XP or Linux.

Using the Intel® Atom™ processor, the IdeaPad netbooks provide basic notebook functionality as a user's secondary PC. The Lenovo netbooks offer up to 1GB of memory and either 160 GB of hard disk drive space or 4 GB of solid state drive storage, making them ideal for accommodating a variety of data, from a user's digital music inventory to a student's homework assignments and more. Lenovo engineered the netbooks to reduce the heat emitted on key contact areas such as the bottom of the PC, the palm rest and the keyboard. Additionally, Lenovo's OneKey™ Recovery on Microsoft Windows-based netbooks helps users recover data at the touch of a button should a system error or virus occur.

Pricing and Availability3
The IdeaPad netbooks will be available from September. The Lenovo IdeaPad S10 will be available at prices starting at SGD 739 through leading retailers and Lenovo business partners. The Lenovo IdeaPad S9 will be available exclusively through affinity deals.

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world's most innovative personal computers. Lenovo's business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.

1IDC. Worldwide Ultra-Low Cost Notebook 2008-2012 Forecast, Doc #212030, May 2008.

2WWAN Service: Requires user to purchase mobile broadband card. Requires separate agreement with select third party service provider, and is subject to credit approval and applicable service agreement/terms, rate plan and coverage maps of the provider. Service is available in select metropolitan markets, not available in all areas. Service provider, not Lenovo, is solely responsible for service. Lenovo customers may be contacted after purchase to activate service. Special credit and tenure restrictions and additional charges may apply to international roaming. A network connection, third-party software, additional hardware, and/or subscription to a third-party service may be required for certain solutions/applications. Additional restrictions apply. Offer subject to change.

3Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice and is tied to specific terms and conditions. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.