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Lenovo Unleashes AMD Zacate-based Thinkpad X120e Notebook

Lenovo has released one of the first notebooks on the market, the Thinkpad X120e, one that uses AMD's latest Fusion APU, Zacate, a hybrid processor/GPU that runs at 1.6GHz.

The X120e is one of three AMD-based laptops to be released as part of the CES 2011 line up, comes with a 11.6-inch screen and will be aimed at business users.

It is powered by an 18w, single-core Fusion APU, the E-240, which is clocked at 1.5GHz with a dual core Fusion E-350 APU being offered as an upgrade.

Despite having two cores and running at 1.6GHz, the E-350 has the same power dissipation; both of them come with an AMD Radeon HD 6310 GPU clocked at 500MHz.

The 11.6-inch screen is a LED-backlit model with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels and offers support for up to 4GB DDR3 memory and 320GB hard disk drive with a spinning speed of 7200RPM.

Oddly, there doesn't seem to be any support for solid state drives although you will find plenty of ports on the X120e; these include VGA, GbE, card reader, three USB ports and HDMI plus Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity.

The 3-cell battery model weighs under 1.4Kg and should cost less than $400 at launch. A 6-cell battery will add another 200g to the weight and should power the laptop for up to 10 hours based on similar configurations from rivals.