Lenovo Intros New IDEA-Branded PC Lineup, Reveals Skylight Smartbook

Yesterday Lenovo introduced a bunch of new ThinkPad machines, with the new Edge, X100e and a few other machines headlining the show. Today, the company is making another push as CES gets ready to open its doors to the masses, with its IDEA-branded products getting a significant upgrade. Moreover, an all new product from Lenovo has been announced: its first smartbook ever. Let's get started with the IDEA lineup.

The IdeaCentre A300 is the industry's thinnest all-in-one PC, measuring just 18.5mm thick and boasting an expansive 21.5" LED-backlit LCD panel. It runs Windows 7 and features an array of Core 2 Duo CPUs, an Intel X4500MHD integrated graphics set, up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, stereo speakers, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, 8-in-1 card reader, FireWire, 4 USB 2.0 ports, a webcam, a built-in TV tuner, bundled BT keyboard/mouse and a total weight of 20.94lbs.

Moving over to the notebook space is the all new IdeaPad S10-3t and S10-3. The former is the industry’s first convertible netbook tablet to feature a capacitive multitouch screen (meaning finger tip touch instead of pressure touch), while the S10-3 -- a refresh to Lenovo’s popular S10-2 model -- is equipped with multitouch. Other key features of these PCs include DirectShare to quickly and easily synchronize files with another laptop without connecting to the Internet, Maplife location-based mapping software, and Quick Start 2.0 with ‘instant on’ function to access a range of applications and the Web without starting Windows. As for specs, you're looking at an Intel Atom N470 CPU, Windows 7 Home Basic, a 10.1" LED display, GMA 3150 graphics, up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, up to 320GB of hard drive space, three USB 2.0 ports, a webcam, VGA output and the usual assortment of ports.

Potentially the biggest Lenovo news is the Skylight. The cleverly named device is the company's first smartbook, and it's designed to always be connected--regardless of whether a Wi-Fi hotspot is nearby or not. Many have wondered whether smartbooks have a purpose in this world of netbooks and smartphones, and while obviously only time (and the market reaction) will tell, this device definitely looks slick. The Skylight ships with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and features built-in Wi-Fi, 3G (via AT&T), a full-size keyboard/touchpad, a 10.6" display a robust web browser. It's based on a Linux operating system (tweaked for easy use, obviously), "all day" battery life (meaning 10 hours) and a total weight of around 2lbs. It will be available in the US this April for $499, while other nations should receive it later in the year. The full releases for all of these machines are below.

Lenovo Kickstarts 'O-Ten' Consumer Computing with New Idea PCs

IdeaCentre A300 – Industry's Thinnest All-In-One Desktop

IdeaPad S10-3t – Industry's First Multitouch Capacitive Netbook Tablet

Lenovo Enhanced Experience RapidDrive Technology for Even Faster Windows® 7 Boot Up and Improved Application Performance

CES 2010, Las Vegas– January 5, 2010: Lenovo (HKSE: 0992) (ADR: LNVGY) today unveiled 11 new IdeaPad laptops and IdeaCentre desktops at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show that demonstrate the company's re-energized commitment to personal computing design and engineering specifically for consumers. The new IdeaPad laptop PCs – S10-3t, S10-3, Y460, Y560, G460, G560, V460 and V360 and IdeaCentre desktop PCs – A300, C310 and K320 – include industry leading design and technology that will help enhance performance, style and entertainment capabilities across Lenovo's consumer products lineup.

"Our new Idea PCs are the next step in our exciting new worldwide product portfolio designed with the consumer in mind," said Liu Jun, senior vice president, Idea Product Group, Lenovo. "These additions to our Idea portfolio demonstrate Lenovo's commitment to giving our customers the capabilities they expect, at prices they can afford, while showcasing our forward-thinking innovations."

IdeaCentre A300 – Industry's Thinnest All-in-One Desktop
Lenovo has re-launched the all-in-one desktop form factor with the IdeaCentre A300 – the industry's thinnest all-in-one. With an elegant asymmetrical design that conceals the PC in its base, the A300 has a depth of just 18.5mm for its 21.5" Full HD LED panel.

The IdeaCentre A300 features the unique Lenovo Enhanced Experience certification that delivers an optimized boot and shutdown process, rich multimedia capabilities and easy system maintenance tools. With up to Intel® Core™2 Duo processors, the A300 comes with fun applications for a TV-like experience, including CamSuite software for enhanced facial tracking and image effects via the desktop's integrated web camera. Standard accessories include wireless Bluetooth® keyboard and mouse for more comfortable computing in the living room, and it supports HDMI in/out for connecting to other High-Definition devices like a TV. The A300 also includes integrated high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi and Lenovo Rescue System software to quickly and easily recover data if a document is lost or becomes corrupt.

IdeaPad S10-3t and S10-3 – Next-Generation Netbooks with Style and Rich Multimedia
Lenovo's new IdeaPad S10-3t and S10-3 netbooks combine portability, style and industry-leading technologies that will help redefine the netbook category. The S10-3t is the first multitouch capacitive convertible netbook tablet, meaning it is built with Lenovo NaturalTouch responsive fingertip touch screen technology versus pressure touch technology, creating an optimal user experience. The 10.1-inch screen on the S10-3t can swivel 180 degrees and fold over to transform into a touch tablet. With up to Intel® Atom N470 processors and 320GB HDD memory storage, IdeaPad S10-3t and S10-3 netbooks offer a rich audio experience with stereo speakers and Dolby® Headphone audio. Both the S10-3t and the S10-3 feature DirectShare, which allows users to quickly and easily synchronize files with another laptop without having to connect to the Internet. The new Quick Start 2.0's 'instant on' function lets users quickly access applications and the Web in only seconds and without booting the Windows desktop OS. Other cool features that will be available on these smart netbooks include Maplife1 location-based mapping software, VeriFace™ face recognition and Active Protection System to protect the PC hard drive from sudden bumps or falls.

IdeaPad Y460 and Y560 Laptops – Turn Up the Dial on Entertainment and Performance
The 14-inch Y460 and 15.6-inch Y560 multimedia laptop with High-Definition 16:9 widescreen are ideal for users looking for the ultimate, mobile entertainment experience. Both the Y460 and Y560 optionally include Lenovo's new innovative Enhanced Experience RapidDrive technology, which seamlessly combines SSD and HDD storage solutions to deliver even faster Windows 7 boot-up times and significantly improve application performance. Lenovo Enhanced Experience for Windows 7 is a unique Lenovo certification that delivers an optimized boot-up and shutdown process, rich multimedia capabilities and easy system maintenance tools. With RapidDrive technology, users can experience Windows 7 boot up 66% faster2, start favorite applications two-times faster3, and copy files within the computer in less than half the time4.

The Y460 and Y560 will be available with JBL-designed speakers and Dolby® Home Theater™ surround sound – perfect for enjoying music and movies. With up to Intel Core™ i7 processor featuring Intel Turbo Boost Technology5 for delivering extra GHz when you need it, they feature the Lenovo Energy Management 5.0 for extended battery life and long-term battery durability, as well as lower noise output through dynamic fan control. Switchable Graphics on the Y560 and Y460 allow users to further extend battery life by toggling between performance and energy-efficient modes. Additional features on the Y460 and Y560 include SlideNav intelligent touch-sensitive slide bar application for easy desktop navigation; OneKey Theatre II audio-visual controls for brighter images and clearer audio; and Ambient Light Sensor that automatically adjusts the PC screen brightness based on the user's distance from the display.

Lenovo C310 – Lenovo's First Multitouch All-in-One Desktop
Lenovo has enriched its all-in-one desktop portfolio with the C310. The C310 includes a 20-inch High-Def, 16:9 widescreen display to support superior multimedia viewing and Lenovo NaturalTouch Panel responsive fingertip touch screen technology for a more dynamic and interactive experience. The C310 also includes Lenovo's IdeaTouch - a suite of touch-optimized multimedia applications, and VeriTouch™ software that adds an interactive user login to the touchscreen experience. With up to Intel® Atom 330 Dual Core™ processors, 4GB of memory, a discrete graphics card and ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4530 512MB, the C310 is ideal for enjoying videos, music and games anywhere in the home.

IdeaCentre K320 – Performance Gaming Desktop
For gamers and those that require superior graphics performance, Lenovo presents the new IdeaCentre K320 desktop, a PC equipped to power the most intensive programs. The K320 includes the Intel Core™ i7 processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, enthusiast-level graphics with select models offering up to ATI Radeon™ HD5970 2GB, and up to two RAID configured hard drives. With its front-mounted Power Control Switch, users can choose between performance, dynamic and silent operating modes with a suitable halo lighting effect to match. The K320 lets users experience superior in high-performance multimedia, with up to 8GB DDR3 memory, 1TB HDD storage and a single button to quickly copy USB drive contents to the desktop HDD. The IdeaCentre K320 also comes equipped with Bright Vision technology6, which automatically adjusts screen brightness based on the user's proximity and surrounding light conditions, reducing eye strain. Lastly, users will get peace of mind with the Lenovo Rescue System that allows for quick and easy system recovery at the touch of a button.

Lenovo G460 and G560 Laptops – Balance Between Functionality and Affordability
Other new additions to the Idea product lineup include the G460 and G560 laptops for mainstream consumers. The G460 and G560 deliver a powerful computing experience with the upcoming new Intel core processors with Intel Turbo Boost Technology and up to 8GB of DDR3 memory and 500GB of HDD storage. The G460 and G560 are available in 14- and 15.6-inch 16:9 widescreen High-Def LED backlight displays, respectively. They come with HD graphics support and HDMI connectors so users can enjoy crisp and vibrant multimedia content. With the Lenovo Enhanced Experience certification for Windows 7, users enjoy faster boot-up and shutdown times, rich multimedia capabilities and simple system maintenance tools. Additional features include Lenovo Energy Management 5.0 that enables extended battery life, long-term battery durability and lower noise output through a dynamic fan control. Both models also come with the OneKey Rescue System, a one-touch document backup, repair and recovery tool, and VeriFace face recognition, which lets users quickly log on to the PC.

Lenovo also announces two new products for the SOHO market for small office and home-based businesses with the IdeaPad V360 13.3-inch and IdeaPad V460 14-inch laptops. These products are designed for the 1-9 segment of the SMB market. The V460 and V460 come with Switchable Graphics that lets users switch between performance modes for longer battery life, and OneKey Rescue System for quick and easy data recovery with anti-virus protection. They also include a fingerprint reader for additional security. With their cool-to-the-touch metallic finish and all new 2010 Intel® Core™ Processors, they are designed to look and deliver the business.

Pricing and Availability

All of the PCs will be available through www.lenovo.com. The IdeaPad S10-3 and S10-3t netbooks, and the Lenovo G460 and G560 laptops are available beginning in January 2010. Manufacturer suggested retail pricing (MSRP) for models start at $349.99 for the IdeaPad S10-3, $499.99 for the S10-3t and $699.99 for the Lenovo G460 and IdeaPad G560. The IdeaPad Y460 laptop, IdeaCentre A300 and Lenovo C310 all-in-one and IdeaCentre K320 desktop will be available beginning in February 2010. The suggested MSRP for these products start at $849.99 for the IdeaPad Y460, $649.99 for the IdeaCentre C310, $699.99 for the IdeaCentre A300 and $599.99 for the IdeaCentre K320. The IdeaPad Y560 and V460 laptops will be available beginning in March 2010 starting at $849.99 and $749.99, respectively. The IdeaPad V360 laptop will be available beginning in May 2010. The starting price for the V360 is $749.99.

Join Lenovo at the AquaKnox Restaurant in the Venetian During CES
Lenovo has taken over the AquaKnox Restaurant located in the Venetian Hotel during CES. Members of the press are invited to stop in to speak with Lenovo's product experts who will demo the company's latest products in the Think, Idea and Mobile Internet Device groups. Visitors can also enjoy the AquaKnox's free wireless connectivity and hospitality.

Lenovo Skylight Lights Up The Web with Industry's First ARM-Based, Qualcomm Smartbook

All Day Use, Always Connected Device Heightens Mobile Internet Experience, Connects with AT&T 3G Mobile Broadband Service in the U.S.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – January 5, 2010: Lenovo today announced the Lenovo Skylight, the first ARM-based smartbook based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon™ chipset platform. Skylight harnesses the best of smartphones and netbooks to create a new mobile consumer device. With a stunningly sleek and slim design, all day battery life, robust wireless connectivity and custom interface with live web gadgets, Skylight is designed to transform the mobile Internet experience. The Skylight smartbook connects with AT&T 3G mobile broadband service in the U.S.

"The web has become the window to the world for more and more people, helping them connect with friends and family across town or thousands of miles away," said Peter Gaucher, executive director, Mobile Internet Product Management, Lenovo. "Skylight combines the long battery life and connectivity of a smartphone with the full web browsing and multimedia experience of a netbook to create one of the first devices in this developing smartbook category. Consumers want choices. They can now choose from a full portfolio of Lenovo mobile consumer devices including netbooks, smartbooks and laptops."

"Now more than ever, consumers are looking for devices that will keep them connected virtually anytime and anywhere," said David Haight, vice president, business development, AT&T Mobility. "The Lenovo Skylight is slim and attractive with extraordinary battery life, and when paired with the nation's fastest 3G network and AT&T Wi-Fi service, it gives consumers a great web and media experience on the go."

Skylight brings users a brand new way to enhance their mobile web experience:

Beauty and Brains – Thinner than many smartphones, Skylight's sleek and lightweight design is a technological combination of beauty and function. Skylight is being introduced in two new vibrant colors, glossy lotus blue and earth red models. Skylight's clamshell design opens to reveal a brilliant high definition 10.1 inch screen designed for watching high definition videos or viewing photos. Tote it in a purse, backpack or bag. Weighing less than two pounds, Skylight is extremely mobile and lightweight enough for the user to tote it in a purse, backpack or bag. Unlike many netbooks, Skylight's full size keyboard makes typing easy.

No Power Cord? No Problem - Skylight has over 10 hours of active battery life,1 enough to allow the user to watch two movies or more back to back on the next plane flight.

Simply plug it in at night to charge like a mobile phone. On the next plane flight, enjoy watching two movies or more back to back.

Wireless Freedom – Skylight has built-in WiFi and 3G connectivity to give users a web connection nearly everywhere they go, and Skylight will seamlessly handoff between the WiFi and 3G. With the purchase of an AT&T DataConnect plan, users get 3G data but also access to AT&T's nationwide Wi-Fi network, including more than 20,000 Hot Spots in the U.S. for fast and easy web access on the go.

Web Optimized Interface – Skylight's unique custom interface lets the full capabilities of the web shine through with live web gadgets. Users can check Google Gmail™, update their Facebook™ status, see what's new on YouTube™ or browse the Internet. simultaneously without having to continually refresh or log in. There are more than 18 preloaded web gadgets including Amazon MP3 to download digital music favorites and Roxio CinemaNow to buy and download digital movies. Powered by the Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon chipset platform and featuring 20 GB of standard flash and 2 GB of cloud storage, Skylight delivers the performance needed for mobile users unwilling to compromise their mobile experience and the flexibility to store their data wherever they like - in the cloud or on the device.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform offers a powerful combination of mobile processing performance, optimized power consumption, ubiquitous connectivity and powerful multimedia in a single chip.

"Snapdragon-based smartbooks like the Lenovo Skylight will change the way we connect to the world, and enjoy the web and media on the go," said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Lenovo is leading the way for innovation in this space by utilizing the groundbreaking capabilities of our Snapdragon platform. We are excited for consumers to enjoy the new mobile experiences, such as extended battery life and increased connectivity that the Skylight will deliver."

Pricing and Availability3

The Lenovo Skylight smartbook will be available starting in April in the U.S. It will be available in China and in Europe later this year. In the U.S., it will be sold through www.lenovo.com, www.att.com and AT&T retail stores. Pricing will start at $499 at full retail price. AT&T offers two-year AT&T DataConnect service plans, as well as Data Connect Pass – a pay-as-you-need it data service available by the day, by the week or by the month.

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