ThinkPad X1 Carbon touch for Windows 8 arrives

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon gets touch: Like other PC makers, Lenovo is increasing the number models with touch screens.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook has been redesigned for touch.
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook has been redesigned for touch. CNET

Lenovo said today that it has added a touch-screen ThinkPad X1 Carbon model, as PC vendors continue to ramp up shipments of Windows 8 ultrabooks with tablet-like attributes.

The 14-inch ThinkPad now measures 20.8mm (about 0.8 inches) thick and weighs 3.4 pounds, slightly thicker and heavier than the non-touch model.

The display resolution and internals stay the same, though. That means a pixel-dense 1,600x900 resolution display and Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors.

And, true to its name, the chassis is made from lightweight carbon fiber, which allows Lenovo to keep the weight of its 14-inch laptop below 3.5 pounds.

Other specifications have not been disclosed yet.

But the price has: $1,499. Some of that extra cost is due to the high-resolution touch display, which comes at a premium.

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