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Lenovo to unveil netbook in October

Paul Kunert

Lenovo has signalled its intent to enter the netbook market in the UK with two consumer-targeted IdeaPad devices in early October.

This had been expected as Microscope last week revealed the Chinese PC giant was locked in negotiations with various contract manufacturers from the Far East to build its mobile Internet device. .

"IdeaPad netbooks are the latest in a string of recently announced Lenovo products, designed specifically for consumers worldwide," said Liu Jun, Lenovo senior vice president for the consumer business group.

Consumers are voting with their feet by opting for mobile Internet devices that feature basic computing functions at cheaper prices than standard notebooks, he added.

The price of the 8.9" IdeaPad S9 and the 1.2" S10 at £279 and £319 respectively is not as aggressive as ASUS Eee PC which sells at £199 but comes in below HP's higher-end £399 netbook.

Lenovo's line come in blue, pastel pink, ruby red and white or black, the keyboard is 85 per cent the size of a traditional notebook and it comes with WiFi, optional Bluetooth connectivity and an Express Card slot.

Around 430,000 mobile Internet devices are expected to be shipped globally in 2007, research by IDC indicates and shipments are forecast to total 9.2 million units by the end of 2012.

This market that was pioneered by the aforementioned ASUS in October 2007 but rapid demand from consumers has since seen Acer and HP get in on the act with Dell expected to follow suit soon.

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