Lenovo’s brand new 11.6-inch AMD Fusion powered IdeaPad S205 is now available to purchase directly from Lenovo.com.
The IdeaPad S205 comes with a 1366 x 768 glossy display, Zacate based E-350 processor, Radeon HD 6310 graphics, 5 hour battery (6-cell), 1.3MP camera, b/g/n Wi-Fi, Windows 7 Home Premium and weight starting at 3.3 lbs. Ports include HDMI, 3x USB 2.0 and a 6-in-1 card reader.
Base price starts at $499 which gets you 3GB of DDR3 RAM and a 320GB HDD (5400RPM). $599 gets you 4GB of RAM and a larger 750GB HDD (still 7200RPM) and tacks on Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. A model for $579 drops the Bluetooth and drowngrades to a 500GB HDD.
Dell still doesn’t offer a notebook with AMD’s new Fusion processor in the US, but the folks at APC Magazine report that the Dell M102z is now available in Australia with a choice of an AMC C-50 or AMD E-350 dual core chip.
The base model runs $599 Australian and has 2GB of RAM, a 1 GHz AMD C-50 processor and Radeon HD 6250 graphics, while for another $100 you get a speeder 1.6 GHz AMD E-350 processor, Radeon HD 6310 graphics, and 4GB of RAM.
The Dell Inspiron M102z looks a lot like the M101z I reviewed last year. The difference is it has AMD’s latest chips which combine graphics and CPU functions onto a single chip. Overall that’s a good thing. The Dell Inspiron M101z was one of the best laptops I tested last year, and while the E-350 processor isn’t much more powerful in most respects to the AMD K125 chip in the M101z, it offers better graphics and lower power consumption.
The laptop has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, 6 cell battery, and runs Windows 7 Home Premium. It has 802.11b/g/n WiFi and an HDMI output and weighs about 3.4 pounds.
AMD’s Zacate E-350 APU (better known to casual observers as a member of the Fusion platform) has been shocking critics since its long-awaiting introduction earlier in the year, finally giving people a real alternative to Intel’s historically sluggish Atom lineup.
In the event that you’ve been waiting for Fusion-based options from MSI, a couple of previously introduced machines are now making their way out to the shipping docks. First up, it’s the 15.6-inch CR650, complete with a dual-core E-350 APU (which includes a Radeon HD 6310 discrete-class graphics chip), an HDMI port, 720p webcam and a downright luscious $499.99 starting price. For those looking for something a wee bit less portable, or for those looking to significantly increase their load, the Fusion-backed Wind Top AE2050 ($679.99) is also shipping to Earthlings in North America.
At the ongoing 2011 CeBIT Show in Hannover, Asustek is showcasing the Asus Eee PC 1015B and Eee PC 1215B netbooks, both based on AMD Fusion “Brazos” platform.
The 10.1-inch Eee PC 1015B features the AMD C-series C30 1.2GHz single-core or C50 1GHz dual-core APU and 1GB of RAM, while the 12.1″ 1215B has the AMD E-series E-350 1.6GHz dual-core chip or the C50 and 2GB RAM.
Besides these CPU cores, the APUs include AMD’s Radeon integrated graphics and UVD3 1080p high-def video decoder.
The netbooks sport HDMI outputs and Windows 7 OS and will be available in various colors.
There’s no word on pricing and availability.
This is a pleasant surprise. Last I’d heard Lenovo had delayed the US launch of the ThinkPad X120e business-class ultraportable laptop until March. But guess what showed up on the Lenovo web site today?
The Lenovo ThinkPad X120e is now available for purchase for $399 and up. The base price gets you a laptop with an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a 1.5 GHz AMD E-240 single core processor, AMD Radeon 6310 graphics, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 250GB hard drive and a 3 cell, 40 W/h battery. The laptop comes standard with 802.11b/g/n WiFi.
If you want a dual core AMD E-350 dual core processor, Bluetooth, additional memory or hard drive space or a 6 cell, 56 W/h battery, you’ll have to pay extra. But I was able to configure the laptop with a high capacity battery and dual core processor for just $489, which still isn’t bad at all.
The base price also includes Windows 7 Home Premium. The ThinkPad X120e is also available with Windows 7 Professional for $50 more.
The Gateway NV51B08u, the company’s first laptop based on AMD Fusion APU technology, is now available.
For $349.99, Best Buy sells the 15.6-inch NV51B08u featuring a single-core AMD C-50 1GHz processor with ATI Radeon HD 6250 graphics, 3GB RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and DVD burner.
The affordable notebook provides “up to 4 hours and 42 minutes” of battery life, and has a webcam, HDMI output, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, three USB ports, and a media card reader.
The display uses LED backlight and has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.
Geteway’s NV51B08u runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
Sony’s AMD Fusion Zacate based, 11.6-inch Vaio YB is already available on home soil back in Japan but now it’s just arrived in the US. Sony Style is now selling pink and white models for $600.
That gets you a dual core E-350 (1.6GHz) processor, 11.6″ 1366 x 768 (glossy) display, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD, Gigabit LAN, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, HDMI out and Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit. The standard battery is good for up to 6 hours while the extended battery, sold separately is good for up to 13 hours.
Amazon has a slightly cheaper model up for pre-order, in silver for $550. That’s with 2GB of RAM instead of 4GB and a 320GB HDD instead of a 500GB HDD. Sony.. Green (in Japan), Silver and Pink? Give me black and a matte screen and then I might consider this!
MSI has released the Classic Series CR650, the company’s first notebook with AMD Fusion technology.
The 15.6-inch MSI CR650 includes the AMD E-350 APU, incorporating dual CPU cores at 1.6GHz, the Radeon HD 6310 graphics and UVD 3 HD video decoder. Other specifications include DDR3 RAM, up to 500GB of storage, a DVD burner, 1366×768 LED-backlight screen, and Windows 7 Home Premium OS.
MSI’s Fusion-based laptop sports a 720p webcam, stereo speakers, 802.11n wireless, Gigabit LAN, HDMI and VGA outputs, three USB ports, and a 4-in-1 media card reader.
The notebook weighs around 5 pounds and has a new gradient color design.
There’s no word on pricing and availability.
The recently leaked Acer Aspire One AOD522, the first netbook with an AMD Fusion APU, is now available for pre-order.
Amazon offers the Acer Aspire One AO522-BZ897 with the AMD C-50 “Ontario” chip incorporating 1GHz dual-core processor, built-in ATI Radeon HD 6250 graphics, and HD video decoder supporting 1080p playback. The AMD A50M chipset-based netbook sports a 10.1-inch WXGA LED-backlit display, 1GB of DDR3 memory, a 250GB hard drive, 6-cell battery for “up to 6 hours” of battery life, and Windows 7 Starter operating system.
Acer’s 2.87-pound Fusion-based mini laptop has a 1.3MP web camera, HDMI output, 802.11n Wi-Fi, three USB ports, a multi-in-one media card reader, and a chassis design like in older Aspire One models.
The Acer Aspire One AO522-BZ897 is priced at $329.99 (Amazon).
Acer officially announced the 10.1″ AMD Fusion based Aspire One 522 back at CES last week but I didn’t see any mention of a shipping date.
Sooner than later more likely as Amazon.com has both the Diamond Black and Olive Green models up for pre-order, for $329.99 although with no shipping date set.
We know the specs already – a 10.1″ 1280 x 720 display, Ontario AMD C-50 APU (1GHz, dual core), Radeon HD 6250 graphics, 250GB HDD, 3x USB ports, HDMI out, webcam, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 10/100 LAN, Windows 7 Starter and a 6 hour battery. Weighs 2.87 pounds and comes in at 1-inch thick. Chassis is not new and borrowed from an earlier design. Like Acer always has done, we will see multiple models, some with optional Bluetooth and 3G and perhaps varying battery capacities.