updated 05:41 am EDT, Tue May 15, 2012
Lenovo reveals slender and light ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Lenovo has taken the wraps off what it is calling the 'world's lightest 14-inch ultrabook.' As the name implies, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon utilizes a carbon fiber chassis endowing the ultrabook with exceptional, lightness and torsional rigidity. Powered by the latest 3rd generation Intel Core series processors, the X1 Carbon weighs just 3 pounds and measures just 0.71-inches (18mm) thin at its leading edge.
In a further plus, Lenovo has also equipped its flagship ultrabook with a high-resolution 1600x900 display, instead of what has typically been the standard resolution in the class of 1366x768 pixels. Its display bezel is noticeably thin, helping to give the 14-inch ultrabook a footprint not much greater than a typical 13-inch notebook.
Another highlight is the incorporation of Lenovo's Rapid Charge function that boosts a flat battery to an 80 percent charge in just 30 minutues. Its keyboard includes backlighting and also offers Lenovo's eraserhead pointer and full trackpad. Also included is a Mini DisplayPort as well as two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, an SD card slot and a fingerprint reader. Road warriors will also be pleased that the option of 3G connectivity is available.
Lenovo did not revealed the pricing of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon on its launch, but said these details will be forthcoming ahead of its availability which is expected in the next two months.