updated 01:20 pm EDT, Fri August 21, 2009
Ion-based netbook delays
At least two netbooks based on NVIDIA's Ion graphics technology are being consciously delayed, according to reports. Lenovo is said to be postponing the Ion version of the IdeaPad S12, waiting until the release of Windows 7 in October. The new OS should make an Ion S12 more attractive than one loaded with Vista, the company says.
Samsung is meanwhile said to be delaying its N510 netbook for identical reasons. The computer was originally scheduled to ship in September; both Lenovo and Samsung's decisions may be intended to minimize the cost and hassle of providing OS upgrades. Windows 7 is generally thought to be preferable for netbooks, due to the comparatively low overhead required next to Vista.