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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon gets Intel Broadwell refresh

by David Ross on 5 January 2015, 10:45

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CES 2015 is about to get underway and Lenovo is getting the ball rolling with the unveiling of a third-generation X1 Carbon Ultrabook.

Generally regarded as one of the best ultra-thin business laptops on the market, the X1 Carbon touts a sleek carbon-fibre construction, giving the system a stylish-yet-sophisticated aesthetic.

For its third-generation refresh, Lenovo is able to tout internal upgrades led by the arrival of Intel's fifth-generation Core processors, codenamed Broadwell. Although specific models haven't yet been detailed, Lenovo will offer a Core i7 option augmented with up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, integrated Intel HD GT2 graphics and a PCIe SSD with up to 512GB capacity.

Impressive hardware for a laptop that weighs just 1.3kg and measures 17.7mm at its thickest point. Rounding out the specification is a 14in WQHD display (2,560x1,440) with 10-point multitouch, and we're led to believe the 50Whr internal battery will provide up to 10.9 hours of usage from a single charge.

Arguably the best news for ThinkPad aficionados, however, is the return of tactile function keys. Scrapping the touch-sensitive buttons from last year's model, Lenovo has reverted to a more traditional keyboard and has, to our delight, restored the dedicated TrackPoint buttons.

Ready to upgrade? Then you won't have long to wait as we're reliably informed the latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon will be available later this month with prices starting from Ā£1,235 excl. VAT.

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