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Lenovo announces first Netbook

Lenovo announces the IdeaPad S10, which will hit stores in October.

Lenovo's first Netbook, the IdeaPad S10, will hit stores in October.

If you had Lenovo in your who-will-be-the-next-to-release-a-Netbook pool, come forward and claim your prize.

Lenovo on Monday announced the IdeaPad S10, the company's first Netbook, scheduled for an October release. Ingredients that make up the IdeaPad S10 include a 10.2-inch LED-backlit display, an Intel Atom processor, a keyboard that's 85 percent the size of a full-size laptop keyboard, and Windows XP. Lenovo will release two models initially.

A $399 model will include 512MB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive, and $449 will bump those specs up to 1GB of memory and a 160GB drive. The IdeaPad S10 will be available in white, black, and red, and Lenovo states it weighs just north of 2 pounds and measures roughly one-inch thick.

Lenovo's Netbook will also feature a Webcam, a pair of USB ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, and most notably, an ExpressCard slot. An ExpressCard slot gives you the option of adding a mobile broadband card, an attractive add-on for Netbook wanderers who may not always find themselves within reach of Wi-Fi.

A noticeably absent feature is a solid-state hard drive, which we believe Lenovo left out to come in at a low $399 price. We've started to see Netbook prices creep upward, as evidenced by the $599 Asus Eee PC 901. Even the MSI Wind at $479 looks spendy when compared with the IdeaPad S10, and MSI's Netbook lacks an ExpressCard slot.