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Lenovo Announces New ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook and Tablet 8

By John Law - on 22 May 2014, 4:07pm

Lenovo Announces New ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook and Tablet 8

From L-R: Hon Kar Weng, Product Manager, Lenovo East Asia Region and Khoo Hung Chuan, Country General Manager, Lenovo Malaysia, posing with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and the Tablet 8.

Earlier today, we went to Lenovo Malaysia's office for the announcement and availability of the company's latest Ultrabook and Windows 8.1 tablet, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Tablet 8.

Both devices are part of Lenovo's ThinkPad product lineup, and both of them have some pretty impressive features that are worth shouting about.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Seen here is the X1 Carbon Touch model.

The model that we saw during the presentation was the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and it is the company's latest Ultrabook and serves as a refresh of its previous generation Ultrabook of the same name. It sports the same Carbon Fiber chassis as its predecessor, which in turn, provides the device with an extremely light but durable body.

“Lenovo continues to push the boundaries of design and technology as we aspire to create the best products in the market. Our obsession in the pursuit of perfection is evident with the introduction of smarter devices designed to enhance the way people interact at home and at work,” Khoo Hung Chuan, Country General Manager, Lenovo Malaysia said during the presentation. “The new ThinkPad Carbon Touch and Tablet 8 delivers a stunning user experience with the best professional display and new interactive methods and represents another step in our PC plus journey.”

The X1 Carbon comes in two different variations. Consumers can either opt for a model with a 1.6GHz 4th generation Intel Core i5-4500U (2.6GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, 3M L3 Cache) or a 2.1GHz 4th generation Intel Core i7-4600U (3.3GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, 3M L3 Cache).

Other specifications for the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook are as listed below:

  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • 8GB 1,333MHz RAM
  • Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • 14-inch WQHD display (up to 2,560 x 1,440 resolution)
  • Dolby Home Theater v4 and Stereo
  • Intel 256GB SSD
  • 1.36kg
  • 8-cell (45Wh) RapidCharge Battery
  • 331 x 15.15 – 18.85mm x 233 (W x H x D)

The X1 Carbon is thin and really, really flexible.

We could bend it a 180 degrees and lay it down flat on a table.

One of the most impressive things about the X1 Carbon was just how light and how thin it is. While most Ultrabooks by today's standards are inherently thin and light, the X1 Carbon was really just something out of the ordinary. Another feature of the X1 Carbon is the ability to bend its display by a full 180 degrees. That meant that the Ultrabook could be laid down flat on a table.

Like all Lenovo ThinkPad devices, the X1 Carbon is tested through a series of rugged military-style device testing procedures. It's so durable, in fact, that the device can withstand a drop from table-height and still function properly. You can watch the video here to see just how durable the Ultrabook really is.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is already available and will be priced from RM6,189 onwards.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 8, or simply Tablet 8.

The Quickshot cover allows for fast camera action of the Tablet 8.

The second device to be announced during the presentation was the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 8, or simply just Tablet 8. Unlike the X1 Carbon, the Tablet 8 is constructed using machine-cut aluminum, but is also pre-loaded with full fledged Windows 8.1 operating system. The best part of the tablet is that its display isn't a meager 8.3-inch, 720p resolution display, but rather, a 1,920 x 1,200 Full HD display.

Introduced along with the tablet was its special cover. Called the Quickshot cover, the cover was designed with a special crease just on top of the camera section which, when flipped open, automatically activates the Tablet 8's rear camera function.

Below are the specifications for the Tablet 8:

  • Windows 8.1 32-bit
  • 2.3GHz Intel Atom Processor Z3770 (2M L2 Cache)
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 8.3-inch WUXGA 1,920 x 1,200 (16:10) IPS LED Backlight Multi-Touch display
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with Auto-focus and Flash (1080p recording)
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera (1080o recording)
  • 64GB Internal storage
  • 2-cell Li-Polymer Battery
  • 132 x 224 x 8.89 mm (W x H x D)

Additionally, Lenovo did mention that the Tablet 8 model that's coming into Malaysia will only be the 3G version. There is an LTE version of the Tablet 8, but unfortunately, they couldn't give us an exact date as to when it would be available in the country.

The ThinkPad Tablet 8 is also available starting from today, and will be priced from RM1,699 onwards.

Both the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Tablet 8 are already available here in Malaysia.

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