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

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.


 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