After all the promises of sub-$750 / 750 Euro ultrabooks, one would think that these ultrathin mobile personal computers would actually sell for that much, but expectations are, once again, shattered.
Granted, there are a few ultrabooks that manage to sell for that amount, but they are very few and have definitely not set an example, not one that is being followed.
Case in point, Lenovo has announced the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, a laptop that sells for $1,399 / 1,499 Euro.
Its specifications are the same as those of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon but runs Windows 8 instead of 7 and, obviously, has a touchscreen.
Whether or not these two assets are enough to justify the $150-250 / 150-250 Euro price difference between the two is for prospective buyers to decide.
“We are excited to be able to offer customers the best experience in a thin and light business class Ultrabook. The X1 Carbon Touch is the Ultrabook to beat,” said Peter Hortensius, president, Lenovo Product Group.
A core i5 or Core i7 CPU runs things with the help of a variable memory amount. Dolby Home Theater v4 audio is part of the spec sheet, as are an SSD and the full range of connectivity and I/O capabilities, even optional 3G.
The company's proprietary RapidCharge technology is included too (fastest charge time in the industry, or so Lenovo claims), as are vPro, Integrated Fingerprint Reader, Trusted Platform Module and BIOS encryption.
Finally, the battery of the laptop can last for up to 8 hours on a single charge.
Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch measures 20.8mm in thickness (0.81 inches) and weighs 3.4 pounds (1.54 kilos).
“Bringing touch gesture control to our best ThinkPad ever is a natural evolution of the portfolio and a big step towards fulfilling our promise to bring computers into a new PC+ era,” said Peter Hortensius.