Lenovo accepting pre-orders for Windows 8 version of ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook

Lenovo accepting pre-orders for Windows 8 version of ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook

Summary: Due in December, the new X1 laptop gets touch-enabled, and you can save money with a special Black Friday code on Lenovo's website.

TOPICS: Laptops, Lenovo, Windows

 One of the most highly regarded Ultrabooks is about to get a Windows 8 facelift. Lenovo has posted on its website an updated version of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon that runs the new OS that will ship in a few weeks. Better yet, you can get a discount on the new systems during the company's Black Friday sale.

"Windows 8 support" is code for "touch screen," and the new X1's display can now provide multitouch support for all 10 fingers on your hands, if necessary. Three of the new configurations run the consumer version of Windows 8, while one has Windows 8 Pro standard.

At a list price of $1,249, the cheapest Windows 8 X1 isn't cheap, but you get a 14-inch 1,600x900 LED-backlit screen, Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB solid state drive. For an extra $100, you can upgrade to a Core i5-3427U CPU, while the $1,499 configuration adds the beefier processor and doubles the RAM to 8GB. The Windows Pro 8 version also starts at $1,499 and features a Core i7-3667U chip, but only 4GB of RAM.

You can get decent savings off these prices with Lenovo's Black Friday sale. If you enter "BLACKFRIDAY" when you order, you can slice 10 percent off the cost.

Why would you consider such a pricey machine in the first place? In his review of the original X1 Carbon ultrabook, our own James Kendrick hailed its trackpad and the IPS matte display, comparing it favorably to the MacBook Air. Does the addition of Windows 8 make it more attractive to you? Let us know in the Talkback section below. 

 [Via The Verge

Topics: Laptops, Lenovo, Windows

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  • No way to upgrade the RAM

    No can do, then.
    x I'm tc
    • No, RAM cannot be upgraded

      i ordered an X1 Carbon thinking that I could upgrade the RAM. After receiving it, I got a confiramtion from Lenovo and Crucial that the RAM is NOT upgrade able. So beware.
  • Lenovo Denies this

    Excited about pre-ordering an X1 Carbon with touch (I have one without touch and it is the best machine I've ever had), I contacted Lenovo via their website chat. Here is what went down:

    I read yesterday that the X1 now comes with a touch screen or "Windows 8 Support" which i understand to be Lenovo's code for that. I want to order one but want to make sure that was is showing in yoru site is the right one.

    no that is incorrect we have put out demos to microsoft employees but we have not decided if we are going to release that option at all. if we do it will not be out until early next year.

    So it sounds like this isn't true at all.
    • Here's the link on Lenovo's site

      • NOT Touchscreens

        Lenovo Sales confirmed that if you purchase computers with the above link, you'll recieve WIN8 computers without a Touchscreen.
  • USB3?

    One reason the place where I work tested but decided not to buy the X1 Carbon for the executives is that [at least with the demo we got] there is no USB3 included. Most [all?] port replicators require USB3. [The replacement, a Toshiba model, seem to have a flimsy screen though.] Why on earth did Lenovo not include USB3 ports? Getting cheap?
    • USB3

      No, I don't think you evaluated it...it has 1 USB2 and 1 USB3 port. http://shop.lenovo.com/products/us/tech-specs/laptop/thinkpad/x-series/x1-carbon/