Lenovo brings out 11.6-inch ThinkPad Edge 11 notebook
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Lenovo has been missing from the notebook club for quite some time now, especially when it comes to new releases. But that seems to have changed now, with the latest entrant from the Lenovo stable being a brand-new 11.6-inch ultraportable laptop which will be marketed under the ThinkPad range. Before this, the ThinkPad X100e was the first 11.6-inch budget ThinkPad model and came powered by an AMD chip along with an ATI GPU.
The ThinkPad Edge 11, as the new system is called, will reportedly be offered with multiple CPU options from Intel and AMD. For one, the base version will feature an 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 pixels glossy display panel, an AMD Vision Pro Athlon chip, Windows 7 OS and Wi-Fi. I am not sure whether this is a 2009 or 1020 edition Athlon, but expect a single core if it happens to be a Neo. You can opt for higher end models with Intel chips and while doing that you can choose from Intel Core or Pentium chips. As is with almost every ThinkPad notebook, the ThinkPad Edge 11 will possess both a touchpad and the trademark TrackPoint button in the middle of the keyboard. Liliputing says that the keys are reminiscent of the X100e, having keys that are flat with curved edges. Additional options while purchasing the notebook can include a 3G or 4G module, optional 3 or 6-cell battery, and the Lenovo USB Power Hub. The ThinkPad Edge 11 measures 1.1 inches thick and is 3.3 pounds heavy.
Pricing of the notebook starts at a very reasonable $449 for the AMD-based model and $549 can fetch you the Intel-powered model. The only downer to this news is that the US will be excluded from this Lenovo newbie, as the company plans to continue selling the ThinkPad X100e there. What’s to see now is how the product fares against the competition, which will constitute the likes of the Acer Aspire 721. But the variety of options that this laptop comes with might actually make it a winner.