Saturday, June 25, 2011

Lenovo X121E incoming soon

The successor to the Lenovo X120E is coming soon. Rumours first arose when a Lenovo notebook sleeve mentioned the ability to accommodate a "X121E".

More recently, a user manual (in Chinese) popped up on a Lenovo website.
User manual on Lenovo China website (PDF)

What are the changes?
  1. It seems the X121E mousepad has adopted the button-less design, first seen on the X220
  2. The battery placement has moved slightly to a DM1-like design, with the battery taking up space below the screen. Consequently, the keyboard is moved slightly downwards
  3. The screen hinge position also changes, to accommodate the change above. This results in no space for the VGA port and power supply port, which move to the sides
  4. There is also an addition of a fingerprint reader
The most important difference remains unclear. The user manual does not explicitly mention what platform it is running on, although references are made to both AMD and Intel. As alluded to in a few forums, it is possible that the X121E may run on both platforms.

Whatever the platform, I hope the performance/battery balance remains just as good, if not better than the AMD E-350 running on the X120E.

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