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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon previewed


May 17, 2012

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon weighs less than three pounds (1.3 kg)

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon weighs less than three pounds (1.3 kg)

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Laptop computers have come a long since the heady days of the early 80’s when carting around a “portable computer” could significantly increase your risk of developing a hernia. Thankfully, laptops these days are much thinner and lighter, making portable computing a much less physically strenuous activity. A perfect case in point is Lenovo’s upcoming ThinkPad X1 Carbon, a 14-inch Ultrabook that tips the scales at less than three pounds (1.3 kg).

Just like the 13.3-inch ThinkPad X1 released last year, the 14-inch ThinkPad X1 Carbon that was previewed at Lenovo’s Accelerate Channel Partner Conference in Las Vegas this week boasts a carbon fiber rollcage that provides strength and durability while minimizing weight. Lenovo claims the unit will be the lightest Ultrabook in the industry, outdoing any 14-inch models on offer from Samsung, HP or Toshiba.

Lenovo isn’t set to release the X1 Carbon for a few months yet, so is yet to provide more detailed specs of the unit. However it has revealed it will sport Intel vPro technology, so we’d assume Intel’s 3rd-Gen Core processors will be on board. The only other details provided are the option of embedded 3G connectivity and the inclusion of Lenovo’s RapidCharge that can charge the unit’s battery to 80 percent of capacity in 35 minutes.

For more detailed specs and pricing info, we’ll have to wait until closer to the August 2012 release date.

Source: Lenovo

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Doesn't look very green compared to apple's MacBook Air. I doubt the carbon fibre can be recycled. I'd go with the greener MacBook Air.

Richard Edmonds

I hope that they got the cooling right this time. I'm rather disappointed about the high pitch noise that my T410 generates.

Kris Lee

Let's hope that they get decent screen resolution FINALLY! Somebody there must get a real deal on 1366x768's. Would have bought Thinkpads long ago if they would get to 1600x900 or 1920x1080 on the 13inch screen. Such a waste for a great machine and then have it like the "big print" version of the dictionary!


I agree with zno, you can scratch off most of the notebooks on the market due to terrible screen resolution. So much hype for some of them and when you finally see them they have horrible glossy low res screens. What a waist.

John McMullen

@zno I would like to have 14" 1400x1050 back. A 900 vertical resolution is too low for me and pixel of the 1920x1080 resolution get's too small for my taste. I would even be happy with 14" 1680x1050 but they do not make that either.

Kris Lee
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