Lenovo launched its new super-light Thinkpad X1 Carbon ultrabook only three weeks ago and brought it to IFA for a quick demonstration earlier today during the company’s press conference.
The device is hailed by Lenovo as the lightest 14in laptop currently on the market at 1.36Kg. It is surprisingly sturdy (especially when a Lenovo executive decided to hold the laptop by the screen edge) and absurdly thin, especially when fully deployed and flat.
It is a premium product and one that carries a rather hefty price at £1210 direct from Lenovo. For that outlay, you get an Intel Core i5-3427U processor clocked at up to 2.8GHz with 3MB L3 cache, Windows 7 Home Premium 64 (upgradable to Windows 8 Pro for £15), a 14in 1,600 x 900 LED backlit display with HD camera, embedded 3G modem, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, Bluetooth 4.0, a non-removable 45Whr battery but no Ethernet port (available with an optional USB 2.0 Ethernet adaptor).
As expected it comes with a rapid charge feature that can charge up the battery to 80 per cent of its capacity in just over half an hour.
It's also worth noting that Lenovo deliberately chose to use a matte rubber finish because of customer feedback.