UK, Oz won't get latest AMD ThinkPad
'North America and other emerging markets' only
Lenovo has given its European and Australian ThinkPad fans the finger by refusing to allow them to buy its upcoming AMD-based ThinkPad X120e sub-notebook.
Lenovo launched the 11.6in laptop at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, and it's currently listed on the company's US website as "coming soon". It's due to go on sale there today.
But not over here. Lenovo recently wrote on its Facebook page that while the sub-notebook would "be available in North America, China and other emerging market countries... at this time there are no plans to launch X120e in Latin America, Japan, Australia or Western Europe".
Said the company's chirpy social networking correspondent: "However, we do still offer the ThinkPad Edge 11in in all of those countries for those customers looking for a well equipped 11in notebook."
Both the 11.i6in Edge and 11.6in X100e - the X120e's predecessor - are available with AMD processors, but only single-core chips. The X120e has a dual-core AMD E-350 part, weighs less and has a longer battery life.
Why wouldn't Brits and Aussies want the better model, Lenovo?
Still, the Chinese giant does have form here. It's LePhone smartphone and LePad tablet, both prominently shown as CES events past, are destined solely for the Chinese market.
ThinkPad buffs can take a look at the ThinkPad X120e's specifications here, and dream whistfully about what they'd do with the machine if Lenovo would only let them buy one... ®
Thanks to reader Richard Coates for the tip
"available in North America, China and other emerging market countries"
Made me smile anyway.
On The Other Hand,,,
The UK may not be getting the x120e, but we will be getting the Ideapad S205 which the Americans are not.
The S205 is basically the x120e in a more consumer friendly chassis and also arriving in March. So are we really losing out?
We (Australia) are used to being shafted by these companies. We are the dumping ground for all their failed products and cheap knockoffs. We didn't even see the G1 being offered her until *after* it was discontinued by google.
Beer, because at least we have the good stuff in that area.
Just how bad _was_ the U.S. financial collapse?
First time in a long time I've seen the U.S. referred to as an emerging market for consumer tech.
Remember the S10!
I don't know about their earlier offerings, but I bought an S10 in 2009 and I love the thing. Specs, size and battery life are just right, the keyboard is very confortable, and the design is just beautiful, in a geeky industrial way. It has been acting a little strange recently, after I almost killed it by unadvertently shoving it into my backpack turned on, so I have been looking for a replacement – but try as I may, I just can't bring myself to buy one of the current breed of glossy-cased, girly-looking netbooks.