Lenovo hikes netbook price for Aussies

Lenovo hikes netbook price for Aussies

Summary: Chinese PC maker Lenovo has flagged plans to enter the miniature notebook market with a one-kilogram model to launch later this year. But while Australians will get the notebook before their US counterparts, they can also expect to pay more.

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Chinese PC maker Lenovo has flagged plans to enter the miniature notebook market with a one-kilogram model to launch later this year. But while Australians will get the notebook before their US counterparts, they can also expect to pay more.

According to a statement from Lenovo, its new S10 laptop is scheduled for a late September release in Australia. US consumers will have to wait until October for the release.

US consumers can expect to pay US$399 for a model, which will include 512MB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive, or US$449 for 1GB of memory and a 160GB drive. According to a statement from Lenovo, the S10 in Australia "will be priced from AU$699".

With a choice of either red or black, the S10 will run Windows XP and use Intel's new Atom Processor specifically designed for small notebooks. The S10 will be available with either an 80GB conventional hard drive or a 16GB solid state drive and include 1GB of RAM.

External features of the notebook include a 10.2-inch LED-backlit display and a keyboard 15 per cent smaller than a standard keyboard. The S10 will also feature a webcam, a pair of USB ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, and an ExpressCard slot.

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  • I'm not satisfied

    I am deeply disappointed that the S10 will not be offered with a Linux distribution pre-installed.
    anonymous
  • OMG

    FFS get off your "lius torvalds is god" perch.. does it really make any difference that you will be able to use this machine with almost any available external product....if you really want Linux, then install it yourself and deal with the driver issues.. Generally if you want linux you are smarter than average anywa...so i say again...whats the problem?
    anonymous
  • Price

    ~$300 is a lot to pay for a local warranty...
    anonymous
  • bah

    Why do us Aussies always end up getting the pointy end of the (market) stick?

    And having Linux pre-installed simply means you end up paying less for a product. Look at the pricing for the eee pc linux vs. xp models.

    You can then go buy xp and install it if you want ... oh wait no you will have to buy windows vista business and downgrade it.... -.-
    anonymous
  • High Price

    Wow, a $300 difference from US price to Australian price. So pay a $50 shipping cost and ship from US, and still save $250, why buy it here when you can ship it from overseas cheaper? There's no tax on items less than $1000.
    anonymous
  • Hmm, interesting debate!

    It would be nice not to have to work out the Linux driver issues which require wireless connection rather than having to copy the drivers across & find out it's not set up correctly. It's a lot easier if the company that builds it deals with these issues. I prefer to use Linux because I'm not constantly upgrading the anti-malware & because I am no longer beholden to the forces of Big Brother.
    I know what I'm doing to a degree but some of these driver issues are just too bloody difficult as they can also be with Microsoft.
    I wish one of the versions would bring out the drivers, even though they are proprietary & save me the problem.
    Windows comes out with these issues already taken into consideration.
    anonymous
  • Already ordered mine

    I have a family member coming to visit. Picked up the S10 for $360 usd.
    I just wish I new if it can get up to 2gb of mem like the wind... time will tell
    anonymous
  • Aussies are getting it first because we bug testing it!!!

    Microsoft started the rot using us Aussies as basically public bug testers for their retail products that we have paid for. Partly this is because we're early adopters (state of Internet broadband excepted), but also because we're a small isolated market so problems we find with products here can be contained without too much public embarrassment. This could be why we're getting this product first.

    As to paying more than the US, the small size of our market i.e. 20 million versus 300 million is often used for justifying this but frankly that's a crok, we're being milked by everyone, plain and simple.
    anonymous
  • Try buying hardware from Amazon to Oz

    Amazon.com don't mind shipping books, CDs, and DVDs (latter with a warning about formats) but try buying hardware. They won't do it.

    So I'd be interested to know how to order these from the USA.
    anonymous
  • donate then

    because money goes to MS which is completely unneccessary, if you want to support this tax, this near monopoly rent, donate money to microsoft and stay on your low horse.
    anonymous