Lenovo fashions the world’s lightest ultrabook out of carbon fibre

Meet the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, a seriously powerful laptop that weighs a seriously light 1.3kg
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo has just launched the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, a 14in ultrabook that the company claims is the lightest in the world.

The secret to its barely-there 1.3kg weight is in the choice of materials. Lenovo has used carbon fibre in the frame construction, which is both lighter and stronger than more commonly-used alternatives like aluminium and magnesium.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

One area where it isn’t lightweight is performance. The laptop uses the powerful Intel Haswell chipset (configurable up to Core i7 with Intel HD Graphics 5000), backed up with up to 8GB of RAM and an SSD with up to 512GB of storage. The screen boasts a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (almost as sharp as the 13in MacBook Pro with Retina display).

There’s up to nine hours of battery life, as well as on-board NFC, 4G LTE and Bluetooth 4.0. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon also features Adaptive Keyboard, a row of touch-sensitive keys that change function depending on the active application.

The laptop is available right now, priced from US$1,299 (around £790).

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