Lenovo plans another cheap ThinkPad ultraportable

— 12:05 PM on November 19, 2009

So, rumor has it Lenovo is cooking up a $449, 11.6" ThinkPad ultraportable based on AMD hardware. That's not the whole story, though: apparently, the firm also intends to grace us with a $549 ThinkPad ultraportable outfitted with a 13.3" display and a choice of Intel and AMD dual-core processors.

This latest nugget of information comes courtesy of the folks at Chip Online, although their images appear to be down. You'll have to head to Engadget to see them. The photo and accompanying chart suggest the ThinkPad Edge, as it's purportedly called, has a more grown-up look than the netbook-like ThinkPad X100e. We can still see a chiclet keyboard, though.

Specs-wise, you should be able to pick Turion Neo X2 L625 or Athlon Neo X2 L325 processors on the AMD variant and Pentium SU4100 or Core 2 Duo SU7300 CPUs on the Intel one. (All four chips have two cores.) The ThinkPad Edge will also feature up to 4GB of RAM, 160-500GB of mechanical storage (with a 320GB 7,200-RPM option), 802.11n Wi-Fi, four- or six-cell batteries, and Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional.

The chart mirrored on Engadget also tells us this contraption will weigh in at 3.6 lbs with the four-cell battery, which pretty light, all things considered. If you spring for the six-cell battery, you'll reportedly be able to enjoy 5.2 hours of battery life on the AMD system and 7.8 hours on the Intel one. Naturally, the AMD machine's Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics should be quite a bit more potent than the Intel laptop's GMA 4500.

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