OK, you saw the product page earlier today. But now it’s really official. Lenovo is introducing the ThinkPad X100e today. The laptop is a thin and light machine with an 11.6 inch display and an AMD Neo CPU designed to balance power and performance.

The ThinkPad X100e has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display. It’s powered by an AMD processor (there are three different CPUs in the AMD Neo line to choose from), and Lenovo says there are no plans to offer this laptop with an Intel-based CPU. It has both a touchpoint pointing stick and a touchpad that supports multitouch gestures. The X100e is available with WiFi, 3G, and WiMAX wireless connectivity options.

The ThinkPad X100e will have a starting price of $449, but it comes with a whole slew of options that you can spend more money on, including a choice of a 3 or 6 cell battery, Windows 7 Pro or Home premium, or Windows XP Pro. It will weigh just under 3 pounds with a 3 cell battery, and about 3.3 pounds with a 6 cell battery.

All in all, the laptop seems to be exactly what we were expecting. It should be interesting to see how it performs in terms of battery life and overall real-world performance.

You can find more pictures and a rundown of the specs and options after the break.

  • CPU: AMD Neo MV-40, AMD Neo X2 L335, or AMD Turion Neo X2 L625
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 3200
  • OS: Windows XP Home, 7 Starter, 7 Home Basic, 7 Home Premium, 7 Professional, or DOS
  • Display: 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 pixel
  • Memory: Up to 4GB (2 SO-DIMM slots)
  • Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n, Ethernet, optional Bluetooth, optional Gobi 2000 3G module with GPS
  • I/O: 3 USB, 4-in-1 card reader, VGA
  • Storage: 160GB/250GB/320GB 2.5″ 5400rpm HDD
  • Battery: Up to 2 hours w/3 cell battery, up to 5 hours with 6 cell battery
  • Dimensions: 11.1″ x 7.4″ x 1.2″ (w/3 cell battery, the 6 cell bumps it to 11.1″ x 8.2″ x 1.2″)
  • Weight: 3 pounds w/3 cell battery, 3.3 pounds with 6 cell

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17 replies on “Lenovo launches the 11.6 inch ThinkPad X100e”

  1. If you follow the link at the top of the X100 description to Lenovo’s website today:


    there is a mention of “Price: $584.00, After eCoupon: $496.40 ,
    You save: $87.60”

    under the X-series but there isn’t a direct mention of it on the product compare page.

    So I imaigne the official description with prices will be there tomorrow on Jan-5. kit looks like the list price of the entry X100e will be $584.

  2. That battery life is incredibly disappointing. And I’m assuming the starting price is for the 3-cell, which will push this thing over $500 for a decent battery. Erg. Too bad they couldn’t release it with a 9 cell. It’s fine if it sticks out the back a bit, Lenovos aren’t known for their stunning good looks anyway.

  3. Ouch, “up to 2hrs”, or more likely 1 hr plus some change. Whatever perf advantage the Neo’s may have–and I don’t think they are superior to Intel CULVs–the short battery life really kills it for this model.

    The unit looks cheap, which at the envisioned price point, I’m sure it is. Enclosure is no doubt plastic, and the Thinkpad KB layout is gone, probably along with the all-important tactile feel. All of my ultraportables have always been from the Thinkpad X series, and I’m a little saddened to see that the line has come to this.

    1. Check out Engadget for a review. They actually like the keyboard and build quality. Battery was mediocre though (as expected).

      1. Yep, had read Engadget’s Edge 13 review (which has a CULV, rather than the AMD Neo for the bottom-end model). Keyboard feel is one of those subjective things, and I don’t give Eng’s opinion any more credence than the next.

        In general, I don’t give laptop “reviews” on blogs much credence because I’m a tech guy, and am used to tech-type reviews with under-the-hood analysis, answering not just the what’s but the why’s. So-called benchmark comparisons where the PCs have wildly different software configuration, with bloatware and all, are just idiotic, as are the homebrewed benchmarks with oddball functions like CUDA.

        You don’t see many in-depth reviews for laptops nowaday, and I very much understand that it’s just not practical, given the profusion of new models coming out every month. And blogs aren’t staffed with hardware techies any more. Oh well, life goes on.

        1. You are lucky then to be a regular here –
          Brad is one of those “techie guys” but with a staff of only two (counting his cat)…

  4. I must say it tickles me funny to see a 3 cell battery. Isn’t 2 hours of battery life so yesterday? I guess not. This is thin and light, until you add the bulk 6 cell (which everyone would want) making it not so thin, then you also added some more weight, making it not so light. So the entry model is thin and light, but when you add the options it’s almost a thin and light. Cool!

    1. No it isn’t USB 3.0, that is the powered USB port. It has 3 USB total with one powered.

  5. Anyone know how these AMD Neo chips compare to the Dual-core Intel SU7300 and SU4100?

    1. mv-40 is pretty much halfway between an Atom and a SU7300. The L335, L625, SU4100 and SU7300 seem to have about the same performance (negligible real world difference). The Neo’s lose in battery life but win in graphics

      1. Thank you – do you know of any benchmarks out there? I tried googling comparisons but I couldn’t find any good direct comparisons

          1. quality post – thanks a lot. I think battery life might be the killer on these especially when the Acer1420/1810TZ and Asus UL20/30 get 7-8 hours as some of the other posters are saying

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