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Yesterday Lenovo introduced a bunch of new ThinkPad machines, with thenew Edge, X100e and a few other machines headlining the show. Today,the company is making another push as CES gets ready to open its doorsto the masses, with its IDEA-branded products getting a significantupgrade. 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, measuringjust 18.5mm thick and boasting an expansive 21.5" LED-backlit LCDpanel. It runs Windows 7 and features an array of Core 2 Duo CPUs, anIntel X4500MHD integrated graphics set, up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, stereospeakers, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, 8-in-1 card reader,FireWire, 4 USB 2.0 ports, a webcam, a built-in TV tuner, bundled BTkeyboard/mouse and a total weight of 20.94lbs.



Moving over to the notebook space is the all new IdeaPad S10-3t andS10-3. The former is the industry’s first convertible netbook tablet tofeature a capacitive multitouch screen (meaning finger tip touchinstead of pressure touch), while the S10-3 -- a refresh to Lenovo’spopular S10-2 model -- is equipped with multitouch. Other key featuresof these PCs include DirectShare to quickly and easily synchronizefiles with another laptop without connecting to the Internet, Maplifelocation-based mapping software, and Quick Start 2.0 with ‘instant on’function to access a range of applications and the Web without startingWindows. 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 2GBof DDR2 RAM, up to 320GB of hard drive space, three USB 2.0 ports, awebcam, VGA output and the usual assortment of ports.



Potentially the biggest Lenovo news is the Skylight. The cleverly nameddevice is the company's first smartbook, and it's designed to always beconnected--regardless of whether a Wi-Fi hotspot is nearby or not. Manyhave wondered whether smartbooks have a purpose in this world ofnetbooks and smartphones, and while obviously only time (and the marketreaction) will tell, this device definitely looks slick. The Skylightships with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and features built-inWi-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 10hours) and a total weight of around 2lbs. It will be available in theUS this April for $499, while other nations should receive it later inthe 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 the2010 International Consumer Electronics Show that demonstrate thecompany's re-energized commitment to personal computing design andengineering specifically for consumers. The new IdeaPad laptop PCs –S10-3t, S10-3, Y460, Y560, G460, G560, V460 and V360 and IdeaCentredesktop PCs – A300, C310 and K320 – include industry leading design andtechnology that will help enhance performance, style and entertainmentcapabilities across Lenovo's consumer products lineup.

"Ournew Idea PCs are the next step in our exciting new worldwide productportfolio designed with the consumer in mind," said Liu Jun, seniorvice president, Idea Product Group, Lenovo. "These additions to ourIdea portfolio demonstrate Lenovo's commitment to giving our customersthe capabilities they expect, at prices they can afford, whileshowcasing 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 theIdeaCentre A300 – the industry's thinnest all-in-one. With an elegantasymmetrical design that conceals the PC in its base, the A300 has adepth of just 18.5mm for its 21.5" Full HD LED panel.

TheIdeaCentre A300 features the unique Lenovo Enhanced Experiencecertification that delivers an optimized boot and shutdown process,rich multimedia capabilities and easy system maintenance tools. With upto Intel® Core™2 Duo processors, the A300 comes with fun applicationsfor a TV-like experience, including CamSuite software for enhancedfacial tracking and image effects via the desktop's integrated webcamera. Standard accessories include wireless Bluetooth® keyboard andmouse for more comfortable computing in the living room, and itsupports HDMI in/out for connecting to other High-Definition deviceslike a TV. The A300 also includes integrated high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fiand Lenovo Rescue System software to quickly and easily recover data ifa 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 thenetbook category. The S10-3t is the first multitouch capacitiveconvertible netbook tablet, meaning it is built with LenovoNaturalTouch responsive fingertip touch screen technology versuspressure touch technology, creating an optimal user experience. The10.1-inch screen on the S10-3t can swivel 180 degrees and fold over totransform into a touch tablet. With up to Intel® Atom N470 processorsand 320GB HDD memory storage, IdeaPad S10-3t and S10-3 netbooks offer arich audio experience with stereo speakers and Dolby® Headphone audio.Both the S10-3t and the S10-3 feature DirectShare, which allows usersto quickly and easily synchronize files with another laptop withouthaving to connect to the Internet. The new Quick Start 2.0's 'instanton' function lets users quickly access applications and the Web in onlyseconds and without booting the Windows desktop OS. Other cool featuresthat will be available on these smart netbooks include Maplife1location-based mapping software, VeriFace™ face recognition and ActiveProtection System to protect the PC hard drive from sudden bumps orfalls.

IdeaPad Y460 and Y560 Laptops – Turn Up the Dial on Entertainment and Performance
The 14-inch Y460 and 15.6-inch Y560 multimedia laptop withHigh-Definition 16:9 widescreen are ideal for users looking for theultimate, mobile entertainment experience. Both the Y460 and Y560optionally include Lenovo's new innovative Enhanced ExperienceRapidDrive technology, which seamlessly combines SSD and HDD storagesolutions to deliver even faster Windows 7 boot-up times andsignificantly improve application performance. Lenovo EnhancedExperience for Windows 7 is a unique Lenovo certification that deliversan optimized boot-up and shutdown process, rich multimedia capabilitiesand easy system maintenance tools. With RapidDrive technology, userscan experience Windows 7 boot up 66% faster2, start favoriteapplications two-times faster3, and copy files within the computer inless than half the time4.

The Y460 and Y560 will be availablewith JBL-designed speakers and Dolby® Home Theater™ surround sound –perfect for enjoying music and movies. With up to Intel Core™ i7processor featuring Intel Turbo Boost Technology5 for delivering extraGHz when you need it, they feature the Lenovo Energy Management 5.0 forextended battery life and long-term battery durability, as well aslower noise output through dynamic fan control. Switchable Graphics onthe Y560 and Y460 allow users to further extend battery life bytoggling between performance and energy-efficient modes. Additionalfeatures on the Y460 and Y560 include SlideNav intelligenttouch-sensitive slide bar application for easy desktop navigation;OneKey Theatre II audio-visual controls for brighter images and cleareraudio; and Ambient Light Sensor that automatically adjusts the PCscreen 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. TheC310 includes a 20-inch High-Def, 16:9 widescreen display to supportsuperior multimedia viewing and Lenovo NaturalTouch Panel responsivefingertip touch screen technology for a more dynamic and interactiveexperience. The C310 also includes Lenovo's IdeaTouch - a suite oftouch-optimized multimedia applications, and VeriTouch™ software thatadds an interactive user login to the touchscreen experience. With upto Intel® Atom 330 Dual Core™ processors, 4GB of memory, a discretegraphics card and ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4530 512MB, the C310 is idealfor enjoying videos, music and games anywhere in the home.

IdeaCentre K320 – Performance Gaming Desktop
For gamers and those that require superior graphics performance, Lenovopresents the new IdeaCentre K320 desktop, a PC equipped to power themost intensive programs. The K320 includes the Intel Core™ i7 processorwith Intel Turbo Boost Technology, enthusiast-level graphics withselect models offering up to ATI Radeon™ HD5970 2GB, and up to two RAIDconfigured hard drives. With its front-mounted Power Control Switch,users can choose between performance, dynamic and silent operatingmodes with a suitable halo lighting effect to match. The K320 letsusers experience superior in high-performance multimedia, with up to8GB DDR3 memory, 1TB HDD storage and a single button to quickly copyUSB drive contents to the desktop HDD. The IdeaCentre K320 also comesequipped with Bright Vision technology6, which automatically adjustsscreen brightness based on the user's proximity and surrounding lightconditions, reducing eye strain. Lastly, users will get peace of mindwith the Lenovo Rescue System that allows for quick and easy systemrecovery 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 andG560 laptops for mainstream consumers. The G460 and G560 deliver apowerful computing experience with the upcoming new Intel coreprocessors with Intel Turbo Boost Technology and up to 8GB of DDR3memory 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 sousers can enjoy crisp and vibrant multimedia content. With the LenovoEnhanced Experience certification for Windows 7, users enjoy fasterboot-up and shutdown times, rich multimedia capabilities and simplesystem maintenance tools. Additional features include Lenovo EnergyManagement 5.0 that enables extended battery life, long-term batterydurability and lower noise output through a dynamic fan control. Bothmodels also come with the OneKey Rescue System, a one-touch documentbackup, repair and recovery tool, and VeriFace face recognition, whichlets users quickly log on to the PC.

Lenovo also announcestwo new products for the SOHO market for small office and home-basedbusinesses with the IdeaPad V360 13.3-inch and IdeaPad V460 14-inchlaptops. These products are designed for the 1-9 segment of the SMBmarket. The V460 and V460 come with Switchable Graphics that lets usersswitch between performance modes for longer battery life, and OneKeyRescue System for quick and easy data recovery with anti-virusprotection. They also include a fingerprint reader for additionalsecurity. With their cool-to-the-touch metallic finish and all new 2010Intel® Core™ Processors, they are designed to look and deliver thebusiness.

Pricing and Availability

All of the PCswill be available through www.lenovo.com . The IdeaPad S10-3 and S10-3tnetbooks, and the Lenovo G460 and G560 laptops are available beginningin January 2010. Manufacturer suggested retail pricing (MSRP) formodels start at $349.99 for the IdeaPad S10-3, $499.99 for the S10-3tand $699.99 for the Lenovo G460 and IdeaPad G560. The IdeaPad Y460laptop, IdeaCentre A300 and Lenovo C310 all-in-one and IdeaCentre K320desktop will be available beginning in February 2010. The suggestedMSRP for these products start at $849.99 for the IdeaPad Y460, $649.99for the IdeaCentre C310, $699.99 for the IdeaCentre A300 and $599.99for the IdeaCentre K320. The IdeaPad Y560 and V460 laptops will beavailable beginning in March 2010 starting at $849.99 and $749.99,respectively. The IdeaPad V360 laptop will be available beginning inMay 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 VenetianHotel during CES. Members of the press are invited to stop in to speakwith Lenovo's product experts who will demo the company's latestproducts in the Think, Idea and Mobile Internet Device groups. Visitorscan also enjoy the AquaKnox's free wireless connectivity andhospitality.



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

All Day Use, Always Connected Device Heightens Mobile InternetExperience, Connects with AT&T 3G Mobile Broadband Service in theU.S.

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

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

"Now more than ever, consumers arelooking for devices that will keep them connected virtually anytime andanywhere," said David Haight, vice president, business development,AT&T Mobility. "The Lenovo Skylight is slim and attractive withextraordinary battery life, and when paired with the nation's fastest3G network and AT&T Wi-Fi service, it gives consumers a great weband 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 andlightweight design is a technological combination of beauty andfunction. Skylight is being introduced in two new vibrant colors,glossy lotus blue and earth red models. Skylight's clamshell designopens to reveal a brilliant high definition 10.1 inch screen designedfor watching high definition videos or viewing photos. Tote it in apurse, backpack or bag. Weighing less than two pounds, Skylight isextremely mobile and lightweight enough for the user to tote it in apurse, backpack or bag. Unlike many netbooks, Skylight's full sizekeyboard makes typing easy.

No Power Cord? No Problem -Skylight has over 10 hours of active battery life,1 enough to allow theuser 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 nextplane flight, enjoy watching two movies or more back to back.

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

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

Qualcomm's Snapdragonplatform offers a powerful combination of mobile processingperformance, optimized power consumption, ubiquitous connectivity andpowerful multimedia in a single chip.

"Snapdragon-basedsmartbooks like the Lenovo Skylight will change the way we connect tothe world, and enjoy the web and media on the go," said Luis Pineda,senior vice president of marketing and product management for QualcommCDMA Technologies. "Lenovo is leading the way for innovation in thisspace by utilizing the groundbreaking capabilities of our Snapdragonplatform. We are excited for consumers to enjoy the new mobileexperiences, such as extended battery life and increased connectivitythat the Skylight will deliver."

Pricing and Availability3

The Lenovo Skylight smartbook will be available starting in April inthe 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  andAT&T retail stores. Pricing will start at $499 at full retailprice. AT&T offers two-year AT&T DataConnect service plans, aswell as Data Connect Pass – a pay-as-you-need it data service availableby the day, by the week or by the month.

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