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Lenovo Launches ThinkPad With AMD Zacate APU

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 25 comments

A new generation of netbook?

Lenovo this morning took the wraps off of a few new ThinkPads. One such model is the new entry ultraportable ThinkPad X120e laptop, the first commercial laptop to feature an AMD Fusion "Zacate" E-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU).

"Multimedia elements like audio and video have become important parts of our world, and businesses are embracing this trend in digital content," said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, ThinkPad Marketing and Product Operations, Lenovo. "We've optimized the ThinkPad X120e to not only give businesses an excellent experience creating and consuming multimedia content, but we've also made key improvements to an area that has plagued laptops: battery life."

Thanks to the AMD Zacate, Lenovo boasts that the APU gives 65 percent faster graphics performance, while also extending battery life by up to 30 percent over the previous models. The X120e is now rated for more than six hours of use.

The X120 sports an 11.6-inch screen and a full-size keyboard and weighs under three pounds.  The ThinkPad X120e laptop will be available beginning in February starting at under $400.

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    Parsian , January 3, 2011 10:30 PM
    under 400 is an ION KILLER.
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    Anonymous , January 3, 2011 10:43 PM
    Yeah, I see that thing becoming a popular "executive laptop". A long time ago when I used to be an on-site tech, executives received a Centrino-based ultra-thin laptop, those things were so crap that it was mind boggling. Underwhelming Intel CPU + underwhelming Intel GPU + underwhelming P.O.S. small form-factor HDD is a lethal combination...
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    joytech22 , January 3, 2011 10:47 PM
    There goes Intel's ATOM unless you prefer an extra 30 minutes of battery life over a billion times performance.

    Oh and ION, which is ATOM + GPU anyway.
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    house70 , January 3, 2011 11:55 PM
    this is very good news... I might get one soon.
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    arlandi , January 4, 2011 12:06 AM
    me like!

    May have to hold purchasing a new portable (netbook/notebook whatever) until this thing arrive. but may be hard to find in certain countries, like mine...
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    sonofliberty08 , January 4, 2011 12:13 AM
    arlandime like!May have to hold purchasing a new portable (netbook/notebook whatever) until this thing arrive. but may be hard to find in certain countries, like mine...

    u can get it online :) 
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    liveonc , January 4, 2011 12:16 AM
    I've got an x100e, I like it. I wished though that the 3G was 4G or mini PCIe SSD, UEFI instead of BIOS, came with Windows 7 64bit instead of Windows 7 32bit & still under $400... ;-)
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    dimar , January 4, 2011 12:25 AM
    Awesome. Might get 10" when comes out.
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    Anonymous , January 4, 2011 12:32 AM
    I will never buy a LeNONO piece of garbage!
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    dogman_1234 , January 4, 2011 12:35 AM

    Way to go AMD. Let it be great with Bulldozer

    "Bulldoze that Sandy Bridge guys!"
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    fstrthnu , January 4, 2011 12:40 AM
    Intel really should find a way to get something close to their HD 3000 GPUs on the new Sandy Bridge CPUs to the next-generation Atom units (or whatever the next generation is going to be called). Intel's going to be totally swamped in the netbook/mini-computer market unless they can give us mini-Sandy Bridge soon.
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    marciocattini , January 4, 2011 12:49 AM
    trully remarkable product by amd has come up with
    I hope the mainstream counterpart manages to get amd back into the competition with intel.
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    WR2 , January 4, 2011 1:41 AM
    PCMark Vantage comparison
    AMD E-350 Zacate roughly equal to Core Duo U2500 or Athlon II Neo K325
    AMD E-240 Zacate roughly equal to Atom Z550 or Celeron M 743 and a bit better than Athlon Neo MV-40
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    Nintendork , January 4, 2011 2:28 AM
    And this is just a prelude, Krishna and Wichita 28nm APU's will come quickly after this (Q4 2011 / Q1 2012, 2-4 cores flavors, even better gpu, leaving intel HD3000 like a pathetic joke or give Llano a run for it's money). Seems Fusion is starting to roll on.
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    vaughn2k , January 4, 2011 9:52 AM
    ... and MSI's U270 also running 'Zacate' APU
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    hannibal , January 4, 2011 11:16 AM
    Well SB is for completely different platform. This is mainly Atom alternative.
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    COLGeek , January 4, 2011 1:16 PM
    I see one of these in my future. Maybe not this particular model, but I can definitely see the weight/cost/performance benefits. AMD has the potential to change the netbook (and potentially tablet) market here. This is good stuff for consumers.
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    nforce4max , January 4, 2011 2:08 PM
    Finally as it took them long enough and this is perfect for tablets as well.
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    mados123 , January 4, 2011 4:07 PM
    I am very happy for AMD's latest accomplishment and this will be very good for HD videos and gaming. Currently, the way this can't compare with ION systems is that it doesn't have GPU/CUDA encoding abilities like the ION's CUDA compatibilities. CUDA offloading is an excellent way to encode video at high speed levels that CPUs (especially low power ones) can't. Although AMD's products can do GPU video encoding, its execution of it has been seen as poor in the past and not many third-party apps are out there that support it. Checkout the excellent "Freemake Video Converter" which as the name implies is free. It utilizes GPU/CUDA encoding like Badaboom does (but develop on Badaboom) has stopped recently. Freemake's "Video Downloader" also integrates with your browsers to download for offline viewing. I hope AMD improves its GPU parallel processing abilities.
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    falchard , January 4, 2011 4:56 PM
    Wow, I didn't imagine they would sell it that cheap. Just Wow. A sub $500 laptop that can run HD Movies and play 80% of PC Games while having a long battery life.
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