After 22 years in the making, the iconic carbon black ThinkPad laptops, Lenovo have sold the 100 millionth copy of it and is celebrating this milestone with the launch of a new business ultrabook, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
The latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon now holds the world’s lightest 14-inch ultrabook tipping the scales at slightly over 1.3 kg. The ultrabook available from January 2015 onwards and prices start from US$1,249. The X1 comes with a 14-inch FHD display, precision keyboard and option to upgrade to 512GB PCIe solid state drive from 256GB that is expected to deliver up to 80% better performance than standard SSDs. The business ultrabook will run on 5th generation Core “Broadwell” processors and comes with the famed rugged carbon-forged chassis the ThinkPad line is known for.
For someone who has been using a ThinkPad since starting work (until I got my MacBook of course), the X1 Carbon only a slight improvement to the previous model. I have always liked ThinkPad’s understated design and durability but the steep price is a bummer.
“Since the original ThinkPad 700, ThinkPad engineers have continued to drive innovation by making each new ThinkPad better than the last. Reaching 100 million units sold proves they are succeeding,” said Yuanqing Yang, chairman and CEO, Lenovo. “When we acquired IBM’s PC business, we made a promise to not just protect the ThinkPad franchise, but to make it even better, even stronger.
Besides the X1 Carbon, Lenovo is also refreshing other ThinkPad laptop lines namely the T, L, and E series at new price points with various configurations.