Lenovo looks set to bring the first ION-based netbook to market with the unveiling of the IdeaPad S12. The ION platform puts a 1.6GHz Atom N270 CPU and a GeForce 9400M GPU together to create a machine capable of GPU-accelerated Blu-ray/1080p video playback, and playing modern 3D games such as Call of Duty 4.
Judging from the product shots, the ExpressCard/34 slot of the original IdeaPad S10 is back, along with a full-sized keyboard. Lenovo and NVIDIA are claiming that the power consumption of the ION platform is nearly identical to existing Atom-based netbooks, so along with a 6-cell or 9-cell battery, the S12 will address all the issues associated with the netbook form factor (provided they opt for a 1366×768 display – fingers crossed).
Expect the IdeaPad S12 to be released in the July-August timeframe for a price tag of under $600.