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Lenovo S10-3t review: putting the tablet into the netbook

Tablets are the future of computing, right? It has to be: after all, Bill Gates himself predicted many years back that users would one day use the tablet for most daily computing tasks. Fast forward to the present, and we see that tablets are fast catching on in the market, albeit in a slightly different way as originally envisioned. How does Lenovo’s S10-3t stack up in the highly competitive tablet market of today?

When it comes to tablets, it is quite hard to talk about anything that is not an iPad, and for good reason. After all, tablet PCs had been around in the market since the early days of Windows XP, and yet not a single one of them actually managed to revolutionize the market like how Apple did with its iPad.

However, with Apple’s success, it seems that OEMs are finally starting to take the tablet market a lot more seriously than before. And Lenovo has also gotten into the tablet game with its own tablet-netbook hybrid, the S10-3t. Will Lenovo’s unique idea give it the edge needed to differentiate itself from both the netbook and tablet markets? We shall see after the tests.

First up, the technical specifications of our review unit:

Hardware specifications
Processor Intel® Atom™ Processor N450 (1.66GHz, 512 L2 Cache, 667MHz, Hyperthreading Technology supported)
Chipset Intel® NM10 Express Chipset
Graphics card Onboard Intel GMA 3150 
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Starter
Display 10-inch WSVGA LED touch screen (1024 x 600)
Memory 1 GB DDR2 667MHz SDRAM
Hard disk 160GB SATA hard disk
Bluetooth -N.A-
Battery 4-cell Li-ion battery
Weight Approx. 1.25kg with bundled 4-cell battery

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