Lenovo unveils carbon-fiber ultrabook with 14'' touch screen

— 9:57 AM on December 11, 2012

Well hello there, gorgeous. This is the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, which Lenovo introduced earlier this morning:

This slick-looking ultrabook weighs in at 3.4 lbs, measures just 0.82" at its thickest point, and touts a 14" capacitive touch screen with 10-finger input and a 1600x900 resolution. Oh, and of course, the machine's chassis is built out of "superior grade, lightweight carbon fiber"—hence the name.

Lenovo's press release mentions a $1,399 starter price for the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch. However, the cheapest config on the company's online store seems to cost $1,499. That entry price will get you a Core i5-3427U processor, 128GB of solid-state storage, Bluetooth 4.0, a 720p camera, and a seven-hour battery.

Other notable features include a backlit (and spill-resistant) keyboard, one of Lenovo's famous TrackPoint nubs, Dolby Home Theater 4 certification, Intel vPro support, a built-in fingerprint reader, a Trusted Platform Module chip, and BIOS encryption. Lenovo even offers a "slim" 65W power adapter, which is just 0.67" thick and weighs only 8.3 ounces, although that's an optional add-on.

A grand and a half isn't exactly cheap for an ultrabook. Considering the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch's business pedigree, touch screen, and carbon-fiber shell, though, I'd say that's probably a fair price. Too bad Lenovo went with a 14" screen—I tend to be more partial to 13" systems, which are a little more compact but can sport the same display resolutions as their slightly larger brethren.

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