Lenovo’s IdeaPad S9 netbook has gone on sale in the US, having cleared the FCC all the way back in August. The 8.9-inch budget ultraportable has the same specifications as its larger-screened S10 sibling, and in fact uses the same casing only with a thicker bezel around the display. That means Intel’s 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, 512MB of RAM, a 4GB SSD and the Linpus Linux Lite OS.
Priced at $344.99 from Geeks.com, the S9 has WiFi b/g, Bluetooth, a 0.3-megapixel webcam and multiformat memory card reader. There’s also Lenovo’s OneKey rescue system button and an ExpressCard slot, for which you sacrifice the space where a third USB port would have been.
To be honest, considering you’re not actually getting a physically smaller device, and only sacrificing screen size, we’d much rather point you in the direction of the S10. Despite that, whether from low stock or good sales (probably because of the cute kitten in the promo photos; Lenovo buyers are suckers for cute kittens), it’s currently listed as “almost gone”.