Lenovo Launches ThinkPad With AMD Zacate APU

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Parsian
    under 400 is an ION KILLER.
  • 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...
  • joytech22
    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.
  • house70
    this is very good news... I might get one soon.
  • arlandi
    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...
  • sonofliberty08
    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 :)
  • liveonc
    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... ;-)
  • dimar
    Awesome. Might get 10" when comes out.
  • I will never buy a LeNONO piece of garbage!
  • dogman_1234

    Way to go AMD. Let it be great with Bulldozer

    "Bulldoze that Sandy Bridge guys!"