What's Under Three Pounds, Under $500 and Underpowered?
Add Lenovo to the ever-lengthening list of PC makers turning their attention to the ultra-mobile PC market, that new category of extraneous mobile computing devices the electronics industry seems so determined to create. Announced today, the Lenovo Ideapad S10 features a 10-inch screen, a 1.6GHz Atom processor, a keyboard at 85 percent of full size and a three-hour battery. Like the ASUS Eee PC 1000 and MSI Wind, the S10 runs Windows XP. And like the Eee PC and the Wind, it too is designed for simple computing tasks. Surfing the Web, checking email, listening to music–the same sorts of things you’re probably already doing on your phone.
So why is it we need one of these things again?
No one seems to be sure, really — not even the PC vendors making them.
“At this point, you can expect all the major players to get into this market,” IDC analyst Richard Shim told eWeek. “The question is what is there level of commitment and what is their target audience and how much do they expect it to grow. A lot of the companies I talk to say, ‘We’re doing this as a defensive measure and we’re concerned about the success of some of the more aggressive players that have entered this market.’”