World first! New ThinkPad Netbook set for launch, ThinkPad X100e due January 5th 2010

November 5, 2009

We can confirm that all the hype spreading over the net re the supposed new ThinkPad X200e NetBook is correct. With one glaring exception. The new small form factor ThinkPad NetBook will be called the ThinkPad X100e, and its been dubbed the ‘Entry level ultra portable, the first ThinkPad of its size’.

We predicted this new naming convention when we said the proposed ThinkPad NetBook would either be called a ThinkPad T100 or the ThinkPad X100 in our ThinkPad NetBook expose last April and the follow up in May.

There have been several dubious photo’s knocking around showing a ‘ThinkPad’ with the new style ThinkPad T400s flush mouse pad and a white lid and chassis, with the only traditionally ThinkPad style black being the keyboard deck and screen bezel.

We are going to stick our neck out right now and say that we believe that when the ThinkPad X100e NetBook arrives on the 5th January 2010, it will be all black!

Don’t Mess with the ThinkPad NetBook!

We are going to predict that Lenovo would not dare to mess with the ThinkPad brand by introducing and new ThinkPad in any other color than Black. Remember the outcry when the original ThinkPad SL Series launched with shiny lids? That was one of the main reasons all the ThinkGeeks decried the new SL400 and SL500 as ‘ThinkPad’s in IdeaPad clothing”.

The newly launched ThinkPad SL410 and ThinkPad SL510 have reverted to matte black lids as a sop to ThinkPad purists. We don’t think that Lenovo will make the same mistake twice!

So, what we have to endeavor to do right now is take an intelligent guess at how the new ThinkPad X100e NetBook will be powered. Have Lenovo gone for the bog standard Intel Atom Processor N280 1.66G? Will they go for the nVIDIA Ion HD graphics platform or will they take a brave step and use  the Athlon Neo chipset again as we predict in our ThinkPad NetBook Review in May?

‘AMD has targeted this sector with its new Athlon Neo chipset which has more cache, an integrated memory controller and the 1.6GHz Neo is partnered with either ATI Radeon X1250 graphics, or ATI Radeon HD3410 graphics.

The higher-end option runs the Windows Vista Aero interface very well, handles some basic 3D gaming, and most importantly can play back full 1080p video. I think that it’s a master stroke by AMD from the price performance view point.’

ThinkPad X100e NetBook specifications

So here is our guess at the new ThinkPad X100e NetBook specifications.

Operating system will be Microsoft Windows 7 for NetBook’s, Athlon 1.6GHz Neo processor with ATI Radeon HD3410 graphics, OR maybe, JUST MAYBE an Intel® Centrino®2 ULV Processor (1.4GHz) with the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD?

12.1 ” WXGA TFT 1280×800 screen, 3 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM, 160GB to 320 GB Hard Drive with a couple of SSD options thrown in, a 6 or 9 cell Lithium-Ion battery. Its our guess that Matt Kohut and his design Team are going to go for some record breaking battery performance here, and we are going to guess that there will be a plethora of built in broadband options from Verizon (including Gobi) and AT&T.

And we are still sticking to our prediction that the ThinkPad Design Team in Raleigh will give us a stunning little X100e UltraBase with a built in Optical drive to drop our ThinkPad X100e NetBook onto when we get back to our Hotel room, Office or back home.

And how about an auto synching app with our main ThinkPad PC as soon as the X100e is dropped into its Ultrabase?

ThinkPad X100e, World Class NetBook

All in all what we do know is this, the ThinkPad X100e NetBook will be a world class, enterprise level, UltraPortable. We wait for January 5th 2010 with anticipation! Put that NetBook purchase on hold till the ThinkPad X100e arrives.


39 Responses to “World first! New ThinkPad Netbook set for launch, ThinkPad X100e due January 5th 2010”

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  12. Sascha Pallenberg on November 7th, 2009 3:00 am

    A 12.1inch platform is not a netbook at all and if it comes with an AMD Neo it has to be an Ultra-Thin cause that’s what AMD is building the Neo for ;),,30_118_9484_15916,00.html

    Watch out at the 26th of this month cause Lenovo will have a huge event in Munich, Germany. They wanna give a sneak preview.

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  14. snipe on November 7th, 2009 5:07 pm

    Sorry, but shouldn’t the X100e have a 10″ display?
    Because the X200 has 12″ and X300 has 13″ displays?
    Model type is according to screen size, isn’t it?

  15. Dennis Brenner on November 7th, 2009 5:36 pm

    I hope this thing has a TPM chip in it

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  22. Ian Orford, Editor - on November 9th, 2009 12:37 pm

    Hi Snipe, thats a valid observation, and it may well have a 10″ display. It could also have an 11.5″ display like the new IdeaPad U150! We believe that thats
    also a distinct possibility

  23. Ian Orford, Editor - on November 9th, 2009 12:46 pm

    Well Sascha, there are plenty of 12″ NetBooks out there, and then there will be the new IdeaPad U150 which will be a 11.5″ UltraPortable ‘NetBook’ crossover. Whi can say for sure whats a NetBook and what isn’t. The lines are blurring so much

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  29. The Ark on December 13th, 2009 5:38 pm

    The specs mentioned by Ian, although mouth watering (in a not so scary way), are not very realistic. I don’t think we’ll be seeing a dock, nor 3GB of ram. in fact, I suspect Pine Trail is what we’ll be seeing, with maybe… maybe 2gb standard ram. as for SSD drives… if lenovo were to get ahead of the game, they’d offer a normal version… and an “Elite” version of the netbook… with the latter having a 64 or 128gb SSD drive.

    Those specs should give everyone a nice start to the year. Oh, and a fingerprint reader is a must…. it’s business tool afterall… and netbooks, being all tiny and all, will need SOME security… if not in the form of an embedded chip.

    i suspect the netbook to start at about $650 – $700 and possibly reach just under a grand (maybe peak at about 850 – 890 for the Elite model fully decked out with finger print reader + high res screen + SSD + 6 cell battery + max ram.

    oh, and i personally think the ION platform by nvidia is doomed to fail. Only because Intel has decided to embed GPU’s on netbook platforms hereon in. Plus, Having powerful GPU’s in a sub 12 inch “netbook” is somewhat counterintuitive… no?

    I mean, I understand the “nettop” alternative… and see why the nvidia’s ION could thrive there… but netbooks have only just caught on… and nettops… well…. let’s look at the marketing kings at APPLE…. they’re still struggling to sell their mac mini’s to the public… which, initially seemed like a good idea… until consumers considered buying one, and realized that buying a TV/large apple monitor to accommodate the mac mini…. plus a mac keyboard…. plus a mac mouse….would set them back a couple hundred more…. and then the moment strikes… “wait… why don’t i just buy a macbook?? or…. an iMAC????”

    Oh Nvidia… what WERE you thinking?

  30. Ian Orford - Editor on December 16th, 2009 12:55 pm

    Nicely written comment Ark! We have just come off a review webcast with Lenovo and seen the specs of the ThinkPad X100e and we can tell you that they are really mouthwatering, although we are now embargoed! But only until CES. We can reveal however that with the first iteration, sadly, there will not be an Ultrabase.

  31. jim Frank on December 23rd, 2009 4:51 am

    What is the difference between this Thinkpad X100e and teh U150? they seem very close in specs. the U150 is available at discounted $675

  32. Ian Orford on December 23rd, 2009 11:52 am

    Good question Jim and one we asked Lenovo last week! We are under embargo right now so i have to be very careful what I reveal, but I will tell that the X100e has been designed to bridge the gap between the NetBook and the UltraPortable. We will say this, the X100e will have a new and powerful range of mobile processors and very capable graphics. And it will be priced extremely well. Its an exciting notebook. All will be revealed on January 4th!

  33. jim Frank on December 26th, 2009 2:12 am

    Ian, many thanks. It will be interesting to see how Lenovo threads the needle on this one. Over on this web site the posters are very critical of anything but the “pure” thinkpad.

    I was first set to drop anchor with the HP 311 mini, then the Asus UL 20A or 1201N, Samsung 510 crept in and finally I had decided “for sure” on the Acer1810T ($600 but not to be found). At the last moment I stumbled on netbooked review of U150 ($675) and that machine seemed the best even with a $75 premium, until I started finding reviews of the X100e. SO for now, I have to wait to Jan 4, to see how the needle is threaded.

    (Surprising to me how little is blogged on the U150 by the way)

    One thing I did turn up: the U series (and all Ideapads in general) is very poorly supported by Lenovo’s International Warranty Service. Thinkpads do a lot better with this IWS. Another reason to wait for the Thinkpad X100e, or whatever it is named, as long as it carries teh Thinkpad not Ideapad moniker

    PS: if there are any leaks on the X100e before Jan 4, so the embargoed info is public, pls let us know

  34. DoctorWho on December 28th, 2009 10:05 am

    I’m personally waiting for the release of the new X210, which will hopefully have a touchpad & DVI support. Unless they introduce such features, while retaining the excellent battery & heat/noise performance of the X200, i’ll be switching to Apple Macbook Pro.

  35. Ian Orford on December 28th, 2009 3:12 pm

    Now why would you want to go to Apple Doc? The MacBook Pro will not be anywhere near as good as the ThinkPad X210 in its class.

  36. Ian Orford on December 28th, 2009 3:25 pm

    I think your going to like the ThinkPad x100e Jim, just being reviewing the video and I am sat looking at the embargoed specs! Very nice. OH, and the TYhinkGeelks have said that every recent ‘new’ ThinkPad isn’t ‘pure’. Most of them have only ever owned T60′s and up.

    There will be a few surprises for the ‘purists’ on the 4th of January with a whole new range of ThinkPads being released. Watch this space!

  37. jim Frank on January 4th, 2010 1:17 pm

    Now that the specs for X100E are known, can anyone give a preliminary comparison of the U150 vs X100E ???

  38. Ian Orford on January 14th, 2010 3:47 pm

    Hi Jim, having had the opportunity to use both the ThinkPad X100e and the IdeaPad U150 at CESwe came away very impressed with both. The X100e is very ThinkPad, the U150 is absolutely stunning! We will en devour to do a comparison review as soon as we catch up!

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