Sprint tries the subsidized netbook thing again with WiMAX-infused IdeaPad S205s

Darren Murph
D. Murph|04.17.12

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Sprint tries the subsidized netbook thing again with WiMAX-infused IdeaPad S205s

Note to everyone: subsidized netbooks aren't a relic. Not quite yet, anyway. In what has to be one of the more bizarre launches of the year, Sprint has seemingly decided it wise to launch a $199.99 netbook with a mandatory two-year data contract, and better still, the 4G module within favors WiMAX. Just weeks after Sprint affirmed that it was over WiMAX phones, in flies a WiMAX netbook. Brilliant. For those unfazed, the IdeaPad S205s offers up an 11.6-inch panel (1366 x 768), a 1.33GHz dual-core Intel U5600 processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 250GB hard drive, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi module and a six-cell (4400mAh) battery good for around five hours of life. And just so we're clear: it's a netbook, supporting WiMAX (read: not LTE), and it costs $200 with a two-year data contract. And now, you know.

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Affordable Lenovo IdeaPad S205s 3G/4G Mini Notebook Available from Sprint for $199.99
Posted by MarkJElliott on Apr 16, 2012 3:45:26 PM

Ultra-portable mini notebook packs it in with Sprint 4G, a powerful Intel Pentium dual-core processor and Windows 7 Home Premium

The affordably priced Lenovo IdeaPad® S205s is an ultra-portable mini notebook, featuring an Intel® Pentium® dual-core U5600 processor, Windows 7 Home Premium and 3G/4G (WiMAX) network capabilities from Sprint that lets the user purchase a single device for all their computing needs.

Priced at just $199.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement, after a $100 mail in rebate via reward card1, Lenovo IdeaPad S205s makes the perfect travel companion by bringing music, videos and user content alive. It is available in Sprint direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1 [Call: 1-800-SPRINT1] ) and Web Sales (www.sprint.com).

Featuring a slim 18mm profile and lightweight 3.26-pound body with an 11.6-inch display, it combines a chic, ultraportable design and AccuType keyboard, making it the perfect Internet companion to take anywhere.

Lenovo IdeaPad S205s offers a built-in webcam and VeriFace® facial recognition technology that allows users to log into their mini notebook with their face, instead of having to remember lengthy passwords. VeriFace can also be used to record video messages and conduct web calls, making the notebook the one device for connectivity, entertainment and extreme PC portability.

Lenovo IdeaPad S205s will come preloaded with the Intel AppUpSM center that allows users to browse a centralized catalog of applications for purchase or download to their netbook or other personal computing device. It features thousands of apps for gaming, entertainment, finance, business and education from a variety of different categories, including social, education, entertainment, communications and more.

Key features include:

Intel® Pentium Dual Core U5600 Processor (1.33GHZ, 3MB cache)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium – 32-bit
2GB DDR3 Memory
11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 HD LED widescreen display
250GB Hard Drive
AccuType keyboard with individually rounded, finger-friendly key shape and ergonomic spacebar
Multi-touch touchpad for easy scrolling and zoom
Lenovo's OneKey™ Rescue System can help recover user data or device settings
Wi-Fi® 802.11a/b/g/n
0.3-megapixel Webcam with integrated microphone
Ports: 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 eSATA, HDMI output port, VGA, 1 3.5mm headphone jack, 1 microphone jack
6 x1 card reader (SD/SD pro/MMC/MS/MS pro/xD)
Stereo speakers
6 cell – 4400 mAh for an estimated 5 hour battery life (depending on usage)
(WxDxH): 11.4 x 7.6 x 1.0-1.5 inches (290mm x 193mm x 26.3-37.6mm)
3.26 pounds (1478.7 grams) with the 6-cell battery

To help users be more productive wherever they are, Lenovo IdeaPad S205s includes Energy Management for long battery life. Designed by Lenovo, Energy Management is a power management utility that fine-tunes the power consumption by coordinating the activity of the hardware and software. It offers four preset schemes, and the ability to modify any of those four to create a personalized energy management program.
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