Lenovo ThinkPad X130e now available for pre-order
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As the successor to the ThinkPad X120e and X121e netbooks, the ThinkPad X130e is finally available for pre-order directly from Lenovo.
The X130e was announced late last year, or December 6th to be exact. The netbook has received some major changes to its chassis, including a thicker bezel with rubber bumpers for improved resistance against drops and damages at the cost of a slightly thicker build.
As for the internal specs, users have the option between an AMD Fusion model with an E-300 or E-450 or an Intel model with a Core i3-2367M. While the Sandy Bridge core can be considered generally faster than the E-300 or E-450, the AMD cores sport integrated Radeon HD 6310 or 6320 GPUs with DirectX 11 support. Otherwise, all models sport the same 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels, at least 4GB RAM, 250GB to 500GB HDD, 6-cell battery and optional WWAN. In terms of weight, the netbook is quite hefty for its size at 3.9 pounds (1.77 kg).
The ThinkPad X130e starts at $429 and $549 for the AMD and Intel models, respectively, with black and red color options. Both units are expected to ship this February 9th. Expect a full review of the notebook in the near future, but until then, check out our reviews of the X120e and X121e.