ThinkPad X121e serves up a choice of Intel, AMD CPUs

Lenovo has another ultraportable ThinkPad in the pipeline, and this one doesn't discriminate. As Lilliputing reports, the ThinkPad X121e—news of which broke in Europe and Japan recently—can accommodate 1.6GHz AMD E-350, 1GHz AMD C-50, or 1.3GHz Intel Core i3-2357M processors, depending on the configuration.

According to the Japanese product page, the system has an 11.6" HD display with a non-glossy finish, up to 320GB of mechanical storage, up to 8.2 hours of battery life (using a six-cell battery), a weight of as little as 1.4 kg (3.1 lbs) with the less capacious three-cell battery, and a thickness of 23.5 mm (0.93"). Other odds and ends include HDMI output, a "full-size drip-proof keyboard," and judging by the photos, a good old red TrackPoint—it wouldn't be a ThinkPad without one.

When will this bad boy show up in U.S. stores, and how much will it cost when (or if) it does? That's harder to say. The Japanese page claims the ThinkPad X121e will be available "from major retailers in the country" on August 12, so it's conceivable that it might reach U.S. shores around the same time. As for pricing, the AMD C-50 option suggests this will be a low-cost ultraportable akin to the current X120e. That system has a similar form factor, and it sells for $345.99 at Newegg with an AMD E-240 CPU.

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