As promised, less than a week before June, netbooks with NVIDIA Ion graphics chipset are already starting to hit the shelves. First of which is the far-from-dowdy Lenovo Ideapad S12:
But first, what's so special about NVIDIA Ion?
NVIDIA® ION™ graphics processors turn up the visuals on compact, low-power PCs with performance up to 10X faster than similar systems. When combined with a low-power CPU like Intel Atom, ION graphics processors transform traditional under-performing PC designs into a premium experience. Discover new ION-based PCs that are small in size but big in performance.
Premium DirectX 10 graphics with advanced digital display connectivity
Full 1080p HD video with true-fidelity 7.1 audio
NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology to accelerate the most demanding applications, vastly improving your PC’s ability to work with visual content such as video encoding
Premium Windows experience with Windows Vista and Windows 7
* Starting at just $499 or Php23,000++ (with current conversion and before taxes), you can get a 12.1" Lenovo Ideapad S12 that runs on Intel Atom 1.6GHz and 1GB of DDR2 memory. Other specs include:
160/250/320GB HDD options
optional 6-cell battery
three USB 2.0 ports,
4-in-1 card reader
VGA & HDMI outputs
and the best part, 100-percent full-size keyboard!