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Lenovo unveils ThinkPad designs using AMD chips

The world's fourth largest PC maker, Lenovo, has announced a new look for it's ThinkPad line of laptop computers, as well as offering new budget laptops using AMD Neo chips. The announcement came ahead of the Consumer Electronics Shows being held in Las Vegas this week.

As reported by Reuters, the new ThinkPad Edge series of laptops will feature a sleeker design and a simplified keyboard with slightly larger keys. Targeted at small to medium-sized business customers, the laptop will be available in three colours and priced between $500 and $800. Edge laptops featuring AMD Turion and Athlon Neo chips will be released later this year.

Charles Sune, global marketing manager at Lenovo said that the use of AMD-based laptops will allow Lenovo to offer some lower priced laptops alongside their Intel-based offerings.

The company also announced a new entry-level ThinkPad X100e ultrathin laptop. Priced from $449, the laptop weighs just 3 pounds (0.45 kilograms) and includes an 11.6-inch screen, up to 250GB of hard drive space, 4GB of memory and ATI Radeon 3200 integrated graphics. Battery life of up to two hours can be expected for three-cell batteries, with six-cell batteries producing around five hours.

The new laptops will be available immediately and can be seen on display at CES in Las Vegas this week.

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