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Lenovo IdeaPad S205 and S100 are the future of Netbooks in a nutshell

The 11.6-inch and 10.1-inch Lenovo IdeaPad S205 and S100 are, in effect, a story of where all ultraportables are headed.

11.6-incher: Lenovo IdeaPad S205.
11.6-incher: Lenovo IdeaPad S205. Lenovo

They may not be shocking, but they're certainly sleek. Lenovo's new 10- and 11-inch IdeaPads feel like a side-by-side comparison of where ultraportable laptops are heading in 2011. 11.6 inch is the new 10, and we'd better get used to it.

Announced today, the IdeaPad S205 is yet another 11.6-inch laptop using AMD's Fusion CPU series. The design looks a bit like a ThinkPad, with a 98 percent full-size "Accu Type" keyboard that's new to Lenovo this year. An AMD dual-core E-350 CPU comes with integrated graphics and promises more of that upgraded performance we've been hearing about the AMD Fusion processors. Its specs are more laptop than Netbook: up to a 750GB hard drive and 8GB of DDR3 RAM, HDMI, and optional 3G.

The IdeaPad S100 is an update to last year's IdeaPad S10-3. It's a standard Netbook: Atom CPUs up to N570, up to 2GB of RAM/320GB hard drive, and an attractive design.

The S205 doesn't have a price yet, but the S100 will start at $329. Both will be available in March.