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Today marks the 20th anniversary of the ThinkPad brand, which was developed by IBM and then sold to Lenovo in 2005. To celebrate the occasion, Lenovo today announced the release of its ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebook model at a company-sponsored event in Beijing. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a 14-inch Ultrabook that weighs less than 3 pounds and boasts an 8-hour battery life.
As the name implies, it's constructed with carbon fiber materials Lenovo claims adds to its structural strength and durability while maintaining the system's purported status as "the lightest 14-inch Ultrabook in the world." It's also fast and responsive, featuring a sub 20-second startup time, Lenovo says.
Regarding the Ultrabook category's longterm viability given its inability to thrust the PC segment past a seventh consecutive quarter of flat-to-single-digit growth , Lenovo still feels confident in its decision to dive in.
"Overall, the Ultrabook is the right direction. It's the start of the journey, so it's not the destination," said Dilip Bhatia, GM of Lenovo's ThinkPad business, according to PCWorld. "In general you will see notebooks get thinner, get lighter, have the instant on connected capability. So I'm not worried about it."
Bhatia also said aggressive pricing will help drive Ultrabook adoption. Be that as it may, Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon is slated to ship later this month starting at $1,299, making it one of the more expensive Ultrabooks out there.