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Lenovo introduced the S200 and S206 mini-notebooks

These new IdeaPad netbooks will reportedly be available in June of this year, prices start at $349

Netbook computers might not be as hot as they used to be a few years ago but they are definitely not extinct. In 2012 we are apparently about to witness the birth of a lot more tablets than mini-laptops; however if you are the kind of person inclined to purchase an 11.6-inch device that sports a physical keyboard, you might want to check out the new IdeaPads dubbed S200/S206 and manufactured by Lenovo.

The S200 mini-notebook comes with an Intel Cedar Trail Atom N2800 central processing unit that has two cores (4 threads) clocked at 1.86GHz and a max. TDP (Thermal Design Power) of 6.5W. Furthermore, this model will be available with a 32GB SSD and a 7200RPM HDD. Lenovo’s S206 is reportedly powered by an Ontario AMD C-60 Dual-Core processor that has a frequency of 1.0GHz (goes up to 1.3GHz with Turbo Core).

The two new netbooks pack 11.6-inch widescreen LED-backlit displays, 2GB of internal memory and HDDs with a storage capacity of 500GB. In addition, users can take advantage of built-in Bluetooth 3.0 and Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n modules as well as a 0.3MP web camera for video chats. The S200 and S206 will presumably ship with an HDMI interface, SD/MMC card readers and 2-cell batteries that are good for 4+ hours on a single charge.

Lenovo’s new mini-laptops will supposedly be available in Pearl White, Crimson Red, Graphite Grey, Cotton-Candy Pink and Electric Blue. They are also claimed to be relatively lightweight (2.9lbs) and thin (0.81in). According to the maker, the S200 and S206 will be coming to stores in June of 2012 with a starting price of $349.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-01-12 (Update: 2012-05-26)