For now we’re going to file it under rumors, but DigiTimes is reporting on an article in the Chinese-Language Commerical Times that Lenovo will be very busy in the netbook/ultraportable market as far as larger displays and non-Intel chipsets and even non-Intel CPUs..
They mention that Lenovo plans to launch 11.6-inch and 12.1-inch models based on the NVIDIA Ion platform which provides a huge boost to graphics processing and HD video playback. It will still be utilizing an Intel Atom CPU, and both devices would be manufactured by Winston. They are also reportedly looking at a 13-inch NVIDIA Ion device.
They are also saying that Lenovo would be launching a VIA-based 12-inch netbook, which would put them in direct competition with the Samsung NC20.
The target is the second quarter of 2009 for the 11.6″ and 12.1″ NVIDIA Ion-based devices. If that’s the case (and we need more information before saying it is), Lenovo would be joining Acer as far as known NVIDIA Ion customers.