Someone must have handed Gigabyte the gauntlet, which the Taiwanese hardware manufacturer plans to throw down in the Ultrabook category with a new thin and light model constructed entirely of carbon fiber. Gigabyte's upcoming X11 laptop is supposedly the lightest Ultrabook this planet has ever seen, barely budging the scale at 975g (about 2.1 pounds) and measuring 0.3cm (about 0.12 inches) at its thinnest point.
Thin and light as it is, the X11 still rocks an 11.6-inch LED display with a 1366x768 resolution, 3rd Generation Intel Core processor options (Ivy Bridge), 4GB of DDR3 memory, Intel HD 4000 graphics, 128GB solid state drive, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports (one each), a combo audio jack, microSD card slot, GbE LAN, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1.3MP webcam, and a Windows 7 (Home Premium or Professional). Prices will range from $1,000 to $1,300 when the X11 starts shipping in July.
Also on the mobile front, Gigabyte announced a pair of 14-inch laptops, the U2442 and U2440, both of which cross Ivy Bridge with Nvidia's mobile Kepler in tow. These models will ship in June starting at $700.