New ThinkPad ultrabook unveiled, Lenovo to sell ThinkPad X1 Carbon this August

By on Aug 7, 2012 in Asia, Tablet, Technology Comments

Chinese PC maker Lenovo unveiled it new ThinkPad ultrabook on Monday, August 6, 2012 called the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The unveil marks the 20th anniversary of its ThinkPad product, which was first developed under IBM, but Lenovo bought it back in 2005.

As noted at PC World on Monday, Lenovo had a company-sponsored event in Beijing, China that day and executives unveiled the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, a 14-inch (35.5 centimeter) notebook that weighs 1.36kg (1.3 kilograms) and has an 8-hour battery life, and will be sold starting later this month for US$1,299.

According to the report, Lenovo promised that this new ThinkPad, being a much lighter and thinner version, was designed for customers who like the convenience of tablets and smartphones but need a notebook’s wider range of functions.

Apparently, ultrabook sales were weak but Lenovo officials suggest that more aggressive pricing will help improve its sales, with the new ThinkPad unit notably also “excited” about Windows 8, which will be released this coming October.

“Overall, the ultrabook is the right direction. It’s the start of the journey, so it’s not the destination. In general you will see notebooks get thinner, get lighter, have the instant on connected capability. So I’m not worried about it.” Dilip Bhatia, ThinkPad‘s business unit’s general manager, was quoted telling to reporters during the event.

“I think the area that will help drive the adoption of Windows 8 for the enterprise is the tablet,” Bhatia added, noting that a lot of companies are still transitioning from Windows XP to Windows 7, and that business customers have expressed a need for the devices.

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