Lenovo have finally begun shipping their new 12-inch NVIDIA ION-powered S12 Netbook in the U.S. for $599. The much-anticipated S12 was supposed to be the first ION-packing netbook out the gates, but was postponed till after the launch of Windows 7 last week.
Equipped with a 12.1-inch 1280 x 800 WXGA display, the S12 delivers a pinch more screen real estate than HP’s Ion-powered Mini 311 and includes a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250GB HDD, b/g WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1.
The S12 can play back Full HD 1080p video and includes a full-size keyboard, a 1.3MP webcam, a 4-in-1 card reader, 3 x USB ports, HDMI-out, a 6-cell battery and of course the new Windows 7 (Home Premium) OS.
Lenovo’s IdeaPad S12 weighs in at 3-pounds and is available now (in black) direct from Lenovo for $599.
Update: Lenovo have added a second Ion-equipped S12 model for $649 that bumps memory to 3GB and storage to 320GB.