The S12 is slated to launch later this year, replacing its current S10 and S9 models

Lenovo unveils latest Ideapad

Lenovo launched its latest netbook at this year’s Computex show, loaded with Nvidia’s Ion graphics platform.

Due to arrive in the US in August (the UK date is yet to be announced) the S12 is the follow up to the S10 and S9 Ideabook models. Both those SKUs performed well sales-wise for Lenovo.

At 12.1 inches, the device is close to a full sized laptop, and with Nvidia claiming Ion is comparable to its GeForce 9400M chipset, it can be considered almost as powerful. Indeed, the graphics vendor is claiming that Ion-based netbooks will be more than capable of playing some of the latest games, including Spore, Call of Duty 4 and World of Warcraft.

Surprisingly, considering the purported power of the device, it is only 1.14-inches thick and weighs in at 1.36KG for the six-cell model. Both the Ion and Ion-less models come with 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 160GB HDD, a 1.3 megapixel webcam and 802.11b/g wireless capability.

Lenovo has also managed to pack in an express card slot, three USB 2.0 ports, a multitouch trackpad, a HDMI port on the Ion-based model and a full sized keyboard.

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