Lenovo, HP unveil first AMD Fusion laptops

Lenovo, HP unveil first AMD Fusion laptops

Summary: The manufacturers have become the first to show off ultraportables using AMD's new technology, which combines the CPU and GPU into a single 'accelerated processing unit'

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    The first laptops to use AMD's new Fusion technology were unveiled on Monday in Las Vegas prior to the Consumer Electronics Show, in the form of Lenovo's ThinkPad X120e and HP's Pavilion dm1.

    The ultraportables both have 11.6-inch screens, placing them within the size range of the netbook. However, their E-Series 'Zacate' chips, which rival Intel's ubiquitous Atom, give them a significant boost in graphics performance over that found in most netbooks. This is because the processor is what AMD calls an accelerated processing unit (APU), which combines a multicore CPU with a DirectX 11-capable GPU into a single unit.

    HP's updated Pavilion dm1, pictured, uses AMD's E-Series 350 APU, which has two cores clocked at 1.6GHz and integrated Radeon HD 6310M graphics.

    Photo credit: HP

  • HP Pavilion dm1 image

    HP's new Pavilion dm1 will, according to the manufacturer, provide up to 10 hours of battery life.

    Configuration of the ultraportable includes 750GB HDD, while GPS and external Blu-ray are further options. The device has a 1,366x768-pixel display.

    The dm1 will go on sale in the US from 9 January, at a starting price of $450 (£289).

    Photo credit: HP

  • Lenovo ThinkPad X120e image

    Like HP with the dm1, Lenovo is pitching its ThinkPad X120e at the business user, and is eschewing the 'netbook' moniker for the device.

    Lenovo claimed in a statement that the X120e will provide more than six hours of battery life.

    Photo credit: Lenovo

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Topics: CES, Hardware, Mobility

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