Lenovo today announced the arrival of its new Carbon X1 ThinkPad ultrabook in Australia. The carbon fibre ultrabook was first announced in early August globally, and today begins retailing for $1999 through Lenovo's website as well as Synnex and Dicker Data.
This isn't the X1 ThinkPad. This is one of the first "ultraportable" computers to ever hit the market - a machine launched by IBM in 1987. It's Lenovo's 20th birthday this year, so at the X1's launch today Lenovo highlighted highlighted how far the PC industry has come since then.
To the right is the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. It's a 14in Core i5 ultrabook, weighing in at 1.36kg and 18mm thick. It's Windows 8-ready but is currently running on Windows 7.
It's got a backlit keyboard and comes equipped with the standard Lenovo fingerprint reader, which Lenovo says carries its own processor to ensure security which meets FBI standards.
Lenovo's product director David Heyworth showing off the business ultrabook.
The ultrabook is able to lie flat.
It's covered in carbon fibre, giving it the typical black Lenovo finish with a subtle metallic sheen. As with other Lenovo laptops, the X1 has passed military grade tests.
The X1 has an HD resolution of 1600x900.
It's got two drainage holes on the base to allow any spilled liquid to pass through. It's got a battery life of 6 hours in full use, but Lenovo said it can last up to 30 days in standby.
The 14in X1 is actually smaller in width and thickness than its 13in predecessor. Lenovo has slimmed down the bezel to allow for a bigger screen on a smaller device.
The trackpad is also 30 percent bigger than its predecessor.
The two sisters.
There's no ethernet port, but Lenovo said a USB dongle is one of many optional extras. It's got USB 3.0 and 2.0, SSD, SD card reader and 720p HD webcam.