Lenovo has launched the ThinkPad x121e laptop in Japan and Europe which will offer buyers the choice of Intel or AMD silicon.
The ThinkPad x121e will replace the recently retired x120e and the updated model will give users a choice between AMD’s Fusion processor and Intel’s latest Core i3 chip. The 11.6in notebook comes with ThinkPad’s customary red trackpoint in the middle of the spill-proof keyboard. Both AMD and Intel models feature an 11.6in 1366 x 768 matte screen, HDMI out, 3 x USB 2.0 ports (one is powered), Gigabit Ethernet, VGA out, SDXC card reader, webcam and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.
You can confiugure your ThinkPad x121e laptop with up to 320GB of HDD storage or if you’re feeling particularly generous you could add a 128GB super speedy Solid State Drive. Other available upgrades include 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, WiMAX and Bluetooth 3.0. Weight starts at 1.4kg for models with a 3-cell battery and 1.55kg for 6-cell battery models. If you’re wondering about battery life, the Intel models promise 3.8 hours (3-cell) or 7.7 hours (6-cell) while the AMD Fusion models are a little less efficient promising 3.5-4.1 hours (3-cell) or 7.2 hours (6-cell).
The laptops come in either Heatwave Red or Midnight Black and while the x121e is listed on the Lenovo UK website, the links to it seem to be broken so we can’t see prices so far. We’re getting in touch with Lenovo about pricing and will let you know as soon as we do.
Business customers are getting access to the laptops immediately with everyone else getting access at the end of July - which may explain the lack of pricing on the Lenovo consumer site.
Update: Lenovo has been back in touch with us and confirmed that the ThinkPad x121e will go on sale for £262 excluding VAT and will go on sale here in this month.