Lenovo announces ThinkPad X1 Carbon optimized for touch and Windows 8

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Check out our full review of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch ultrabook. 

Remember last month when Lenovo accidentally let slip some details about its new ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop? Well, we now have the official announcement from the company that the new computer will indeed be designed for touch. The X1 Carbon Touch will be similar to its traditional laptop counterpart, with the use of lightweight carbon fiber keeping it at an airy 3.4 pounds and a mere 20.8-millimeters thick. That’s a little heftier than the non-touch X1 Carbon, but still pretty portable compared to other laptops on the market. As was rumored in November, the 14-inch HD+ screen supports 10-finger touch, so you can be fully hands-on with the machine. 

One of the common complaints about Windows 8 so far is that, for many folks, the combination of the tablet-friendly interface and the classic PC interface proved confusing. It’s possible that putting this binary OS onto a similarly double-capable computer will help alleviate those complications. Hybrids have proven just as polarizing as the new Microsoft OS, so potential buyers will want to go to a brick-and-mortar store to give the X1 Carbon Touch a spin before committing. 

In terms of specs, the basic model comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory, and is preloaded with Windows 8 64-bit. The more powerful model has an Intel Core i7, 8GB of memory, and Windows 8 Pro 64-bit as an OS. The computers are the first Ultrabooks optimized for Microsoft Lync, a unified-communications platform for Windows users. The most basic model starts at $1,399 through partner retailers, and the fully-loaded one is $1,649. According to Lenovo’s website, the Touch Ultrabooks won’t ship until Dec. 21 – just in time for Christmas.

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