Lenovo has taken the ultra-portable netbook category by storm with the latest releases announced here at CES. I’ve owned more than a couple ThinkPad’s in the past and was disappointed to see that Lenovo had very little to offer when shopping for a new more portable laptop. While the designs looked nice, the price point was all wrong. Thankfully, that’s all changed now.
First up is the new x100e – weighing in at 3lbs, the new x100e has a 11.6” display and a full sized keyboard with TrackPoint and a multitouch touchpad. Available today starting at $449 with 1GB RAM and a 160GB 5400RPM hard drive or $549 with 2GB RAM and a 250GB 5400RPM hard drive. Both versions run Windows 7 on the AMD Athlon Neo Single Core 1.6GHz processor.
Next up is the new Skylight Smartbook – Available in early Q2, this ultra-lightweight machine tips the scale at just 1lb. It’s runs a customized version of Linux and is aimed at users who keep all their data in the cloud. There is a removable memory stick that allows you to quickly remove your data and settings. The Skylight is very slim and has a very attractive flashy red paint job. The expected price is $500 with the option for a subsidized version available from your local carrier.
Last up is the IdeaPad S10-3T – This convertible netbook will offer up to 2GB of RAM with a 320GB hard drive, powered by the Intel Atom N470 or N450 processor. The best part of the S10 is the capacitive multitouch screen. While I haven’t been able to get any solid time when this will be available, it is expected to start at $500 and go up from their based on the options. I was unable to grab any pictures of this unit, but I’m hoping to catch some as CES kicks into high gear later this week.
UPDATE: It looks like the s10-3t is available right now. In the same fashion as the X100e, Lenovo is announcing and making it available to purchase at the same time. You can also see a nice little demo of the unit over at GottaBeMobile.com