30 Photos - Jun 4, 2014
Photo: Photo: Photo: Fan vent at the rear instead of at the side.Photo: Power and volume keys on the right side. HDMI only, no VGA output.Photo: No Ethernet jack, and only two USB ports instead of three on the previous x131e. Also, the 11e uses the newer rectangular plug for power rather than the circular one, so no cross use of power adapters. Also note that there is no LED indicating that the device is charging, something to note as students are notorious for forgetting to actually plug the charger in.Photo: Photo: Photo: The traditional Chrome OS keyboard. This model does ~not~ have the extra Home, End, Insert, Delete, and PgUp/PgDown keys that the previous x131e had.Photo: One feature touted for the education market is the fact that the keys are more inlaid, making it more difficult for students to pry off. They certainly got this part right; I could not get a fingernail underneath the keys. The keypads actually extend ~below~ the surface of the keyboard.Photo: Some pictures comparing to the previous Lenovo x131ePhoto: Side by side, showing the differences in keyboards as well as the significant difference in touchpad size. Sorry to see you go, Trackpoint!Photo: This shows the large gap between keypad and keyboard surface for the x131e. Compare to the 11e in the next picture.Photo: No gap at all beneath the keypad. In fact, the keypad extends down below the keyboard surface. It will take a thin tool for a student to pry a key off of this model.Photo: There is a significant difference in the thickness of the x131e versus the 11e.Photo: The "pillow top" of the LCD cover for the x131e is noticeable more "domed" than that on the 11e. Hopefully this doesn't make the LCD cover of the 11e significantly less strong than that of the x131e.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The internal battery and the thinner rubber feet of the 11e both contribute to it being significantly thinner than its predecessor.Photo: The 11e also has a smaller power adapter than the x131e, all of which contributes to the overall lighter weight of the package.Photo: This picture shows the Acer C710 on top for comparison. The 11e is just about as thick as the battery end of the Acer, though the C710 tapers down at the other end. 

Again, notice the significant dome of the x131e LCD cover.Photo: Photo: Instead of just 3 screws, it takes the removal of 6 screws to get at the internals of the 11e. Components are less exposed than on the x131e.Photo: Several things to note:
1. The RAM is soldered to the motherboard. There ~may~ be an additional SODIMM slot somewhere underneath these components.
2. The battery looks to be easily replaceable with the removal of just a few screws, which is ~great~ news!Photo: Closeup of the battery. I'll have to see what's underneath it at a later time.Photo: Closeup of the 4GB RAM soldered to the mainboard. SKHynix H5TC4G63AFR chips if you're curious. ;)

I believe the CPU is under the copper heatsink.Photo: Closeup of the wifi card, which is a different type than that which I've seen before. It is an Intel 7260 dual band wireless-AC card.Photo: It's the Glimmer Board!Photo: Glossy Dragontrail glass on the Yoga means killer glare!Photo: Lenovo 11e clamshell (TN) versus Yoga (IPS) LCD screens compared. Noticeably cooler color temperature for the TN screen, with much greater depth of color and contrast for the IPS screen.