Update: Lenovo has officially launched the X100e. You can find more details here.

After weeks of leaked documents and rumors, it looks like Lenovo is getting ready to launch an 11.6 inch business notebook called the ThinkPad X100e. The product page for the X100e went live this morning, although Lenovo says the notebook won’t be available to order until January 5th.

The laptop features an AMD processor (probably a Neo MV-40), 11.6 inch HD display, full sized keyboard, and both a touchpad and a pointing stick.

It also features 3 USB ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, and HD audio as well as 802.11b/g/n WiFi and optional Bluetooth and 3G.There’s a combo mic/headphone jack and VGA output, but no HDMI.

The ThinkPad X100e weighs less than 3 pounds and Lenovo says the pricing is “affordable,” although there’s no mention on the web site of exactly what that means.

You can find more pictures after the break.

via Engadget

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12 replies on “Lenovo spills the beans on the ThinkPad X100e”

  1. Looks great, and is exactly what I want out of an 11.6. I’m waiting for the MSI u230, since I don’t need the pointing stick…BUT. I won’t wait too long. If the U230 isn’t out and available soon, I’ll go with the X100e.

    Real graphics and a real cpu is what I’ve been waiting for. Ion and Intel CULV have too many compromises for me – it’s really either a choice between a real processor or a real GPU. Finally, we are going to have the option of both.

  2. Ho-hum…

    It may have some IBM DNA but, after all, it still runs on Windows. Why would anyone want to use an obsolete, kludgy operating system with all of its anti-virus, anti-spyware, etc. overhead? Why buy a computer if you are going to waste so much of it on problems the software manufacturer could have fixed a decade ago?

    1. Because they don’t want to rely on kludgy work arounds when they go to do anything remotely related to gaming? Wine is, and always will be, a kludge. There is a significant sector of the market that will not buy a computer that they cannot fire up a game on. You can game on Linux, and believe me, I agree that for strictly mainstream applications and IT related tasks, Linux rocks.

      For average people, though, you have to implement too many kludges to get games working under Linux. That’s why.

      1. i don’t particularly care what os anybody uses, but i doubt people will be buying the x100e for anything related to gaming. unless it’s doom, in which case linux will do fine. πŸ™‚

  3. This is good, it means Lenovo is finally not afraid of Intel, the anti-trust lawsuits and fines are finally taking their effect. Also the fact that it’s got an over-11-inch screen means that it falls outside the strict guidelines of what constitute a netbook by Intel & Microsoft, namely a screen less than 11-inches. I expect that the performance will be much better than typical netbooks, it will be able to run Vista or Windows 7 with full Aero, whereas typical Atom netbooks break a sweat just trying to run XP.

  4. Dinally a 11.6 that weighs less than 3lb. This should motivate all the 11.6 CULV netbook manufacturers to reduce their existing 1.5/1.6KG weight to more lighter machines.

    If Sony can come out with the 600g/700g 11.1 inch X series, I don’t see why Dell, HP etc cannot do so.

    1.5KG for a 11.6 is very heavy in today’s standards. After all, that weight/screen size ratio was achieved years ago.

  5. It’s a business notebook, but it has a Webcam? I like how you call it a pointing stick, as opposed to a trackpoint. πŸ™‚

  6. The reputation of thinkpads in a cheap ultraportable? Awesome.

    But ditched the infamous keyboard, opted for an AMD processor…we’ll see how heat and battery life turnout (probably not good). It’ll probably have to be atleast half the price of the x200 to make it worth it.

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