Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E125 makes early appearance at Computex, we go hands-on

It’s funny the kind of things you can spot at large tradeshows and it appears that Lenovo has unveiled its upcoming ThinkPad Edge E125 a tad early at Computex.

It was hiding among a set of other AMD Brazos powered notebooks at the AMD press conference, but no-one seemed to pay all that much attention to it, except us of course.

We don’t have too many details about the Edge E125 as we only had a few minutes to play with it before the press conference started. The good news for ThinkPad fans is that it has retained the “nipple” while the bad news is that it has a fairly small clickpad, much in the same way as the ThinkPad Edge E220s. The keyboard is Lenovo’s new Chiclet model with a half-height top row of keys, which might not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s pretty decent to type on, even on this size notebook.

The connectivity options are somewhat sparse with a D-sub and HDMI port for using external monitors, three USB 2.0 ports, of which the yellow one will charge your devices even if the notebook is switched off, an Ethernet port, a single headset jack and finally a memory card slot. There’s of course also a built in webcam of some kind as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The 11.6-inch screen might be on the small side for some, but a bigger concern in our mind was how glossy it was. Lenovo hasn’t done a great job with the screen bezel either, as it’s rather thick, even compared to the X120e. The selling point it size and weight though and this is where the Edge E125 delivers. We’re not sure about the battery life, but we’d imagine we’re looking at a 4-cell battery here which isn’t going to rock most people’s world in terms of untethered usage, but on the other hand, AMD’s Brazos platform is reasonably power frugal so it’s possible that we’ll see up towards 5-6h of usable battery life.

We don’t know when Lenovo is going to launch the ThinkPad Edge E125 and we don’t even know if it will be using the current E-350 processor or the upcoming E-450 model from AMD. We wouldn’t expect that we’ll have to wait too long to find out though, as the model on display appeared to be a final production unit.