Lenovo IdeaPad S9 – US, Germany

Lenovo S9 Looks like the 8.9″ Atom-powered Lenovo IdeaPad S9 netbook will be available in the US after all.

It is currently listed as being sold at Buy.com (SSD, 512MB RAM, Linux) and other online retailers, starting at $349.99 (USD).

$349.99 gets you:
– Intel Atom 1.6GHz CPU
– 512MB RAM
– 4GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
– Linpux Linux Lite

One major problem is that Lenovo S10 is currently selling for around that price. Outside of the display size and RAM or storage items, they are otherwise identical. Whether the S9 drops or the S10 goes up remains to be seen.

Liliputing also mentions that the IdeaPad S9e is being sold through T-Mobile stores in Germany.

For around $450 USD (330 Euros):
– Windows XP
– 80GB HDD
– 1GB RAM

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Dell Adjusts Inspiron Mini 12, Adds XP

Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Dell has adjusted the pricing and added Windows XP Home to its Intel Atom-powered 12.1″ Inspiron Mini 12 netbook lineup. There are three new configurations/prices. All have 1GB of RAM and are powered either by a 1.33GHz Atom or a 1.6GHz Atom, with Intel GMA 500 graphics.

The three new configurations/prices:

$499
– Intel Atom Z520 (1.33GHz)
– 1GB RAM
– 40GB HDD
– Ubuntu Linux 8.04.1
– 3-Cell Battery

Inspiron Mini 12 – $549
– Intel Atom Z520 (1.33GHz)
– 1GB RAM
– 40GB HDD
– Windows XP Home
– 3-Cell Battery

Inspiron Mini 12 – $599
– Intel Atom Z530 (1.6GHz)
– 1GB RAM
– 60GB HDD
– Windows XP Home
– 6-Cell Battery

via: LAPTOP Magazine

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NVIDIA Wants to Boost Netbook Performance

NVIDIA NVIDIA wants to radically boost the performance of Intel Atom-powered netbooks. They plan on combining their GeForce 9400M chipset (graphics included) with Intel’s Atom CPU to create a new platform – Atom + GeForce 9400M. It’ll be called the NVIDIA Ion platform.

The result will be very similar to the chipset you see in the latest Apple Macbooks, with the CPU being the major change.

NVIDIA is claiming that it will deliver up to 5x faster graphics performance and 10x faster video performance than typical Atom-based netbooks running on Intel’s 945/950 chipset. Battery life is supposed to be on par with current netbooks as well.

Unfortunately it’ll be sometime around the middle of 2009 before we see netbooks based on this platform. That could mean a formal introduction of Atom + GeForce 9400M netbooks at Computex 2009 which is going to have a large netbook presence. As far as price, they are looking at “within $50” of current netbook pricing. Such a machine would make for a great Apple netbook, given how closely it would resemble the current MacBook platform (minus the CPU differences).

Read: Gizmodo

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MSI VR220 YA Review (LAPTOP Mag)

MSI VR220 LAPTOP Magazine has published their review of the new 12.1″ budget-oriented MSI VR220.

It starts at $699, and while it’s definitely one of the cheapest 12.1″ ultraportables around, it does have a few features found in more expensive laptops – it has some areas made out of magnesium alloy. It does weigh more than others in its class, however, it’s also around half the price of those same laptops.

Because of the cost, they actually discuss it in terms of netbooks, including Dell’s Inspiron Mini 12 and discuss it being meant more for students.

Read: LAPTOP Magazine

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Asus Eee PC 1002HA Availability Online

Asus Eee PC The 10.2″ Intel Atom-powered Asus Eee PC 1002HA is now starting to appear at various online retailers in the US. It’s got a 160GB HDD, 1GB RAM, and Windows XP Home. It was just announced a few weeks ago, and retailers now show them in stock.

The 1002HA has been described as a “professional” version of the Eee PC 1000H, or the 1000H with styling hints from the S101.

Available – US (subject to change):
Amazon: Asus Eee PC 1002HA EPC1002HA-BLK006X – ($499) 160GB HDD, 1GB RAM
Buy.com: ASUS Eee PC 1002HA – 160GB HDD, 1GB RAM
ZipZoomFly: Eee PC 1002HA EPC1002HA-BLK006X – ($479.99) 160GB HDD, 1GB RAM

Thanks to Tim for the heads up.

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