Lenovo’s new Windows 8 ThinkPad made from carbon

The latest vendor to hop aboard the Windows 8 train is Lenovo, which on Tuesday launched the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, an ultrabook that has been optimized for the Windows 8 touch experience.

According to Lenovo, the X1 Carbon Touch has been developed from superior grade carbon fibre for durability and performance, and is designed for mobile professionals that want to balance the best in mobility and entertainment with the simplicity of touch gesture control.

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“Bringing touch gesture control to our best ThinkPad ever is a natural evolution of the portfolio and a big step towards fulfilling our promise to bring computers into a new PC+ era,” said Peter Hortensius, president, Lenovo Product Group, in a statement. “We are excited to be able to offer customers the best experience in a thin and light business class Ultrabook. The X1 Carbon Touch is the Ultrabook to beat.”

The Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch.

The X1 Carbon Touch weighs in at 3.4 pounds and is 20.8mm thin, constructed with carbon fibre material for additional strength. Users can interact with 10-finger touch on the 14-inch HD+ display and a large multi-gesture glass touchpad. Intel Core i5 and i7 processor options are available, and multimedia content can be enjoyed with Dolby Home Theater v4. A new optional slim 65W AC adapter is available for road warriors that is 17mm thin and weighs 53 per cent less than the standard AC adapter.

For business users, the X1 Carbon Touch comes with features such as vPro, Integrated Fingerprint Reader, Trusted Platform Module and BIOS encryption. It’s available now through the Lenovo channel, starting at $1,499.

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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