It's no ThinkPad netbook, but Lenovo's latest IdeaPad ultraportable - as helpfully previewed by our camera-fumbling friends at the FCC - does at least have an unusual CPU to maintain our interest. The FL5-B3 - which we're guessing is not going to be the netbook's final name - uses a 1.66GHz Intel Pineview processor, presumably the Atom N450, paired with 2GB of RAM and a 250GB hard-drive. While they're still minimal specs in the notebook world, after what seems like a lifetime of half that memory and a meager 160GB of storage they're very welcome.
Otherwise there's a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 display, with the hard-drive being a 5,400rpm Seagate unit and the RAM a single 2GB DDR2 Samsung chip. The design is pretty much in line with previous IdeaPads, though the FCC's photos show that the glossy piano black case is going to be perfect for saving your fingerprints.
One curious tweak is the seeming absence of trackpad buttons, which suggests some sort of integrated clicking. Response to that has been mixed: some implementations work well, such as Apple's MacBooks, but Windows notebook attempts to mimic it have been less impressive. Since Intel are sticking by their January 2010 launch window, this particular Lenovo IdeaPad isn't likely to show up until early in the new year.
[via Wireless Goodness]