It’s now been confirmed that the premium composite material of choice for luxury goods, carbon fiber, will be making its way into another Lenovo brand laptop computer this year thanks to a new posting on the companies Chinese web-store.
The last time Lenovo launched a laptop with a design that used the strong yet very light carbon fiber material was the luxury ultraportable Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon was released in 2012 as a more expensive alternative to its near identical twin the ThinkPad X1.
With the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Lenovo got a lot of things right, but some compromises were made to the standard ThinkPad formula which normally includes easy ways for upgrading memory, storage or wireless cards as a main feature. ThinkPad X1 Carbon owners had to be comfortable taking apart the base of the laptop if they wanted to make such changes to their system, standard X1 owners had it easier.
Also in addition to the tougher user upgrades ThinkPad X1 Carbon users had to live without the optional 6-cell battery slice which standard ThinkPad X1 owners got to use to extend the battery life of their computers by multiple hours.
The New Carbon Fiber ThinkPad
Lenovo will be offering carbon fiber in a ThinkPad product again when the company launches their new Lenovo ThinkPad X230s ultraportable laptop. The X230s appears to be what the X1 Carbon was to the standard X1 for the standard ThinkPad X230, pretty much the same design but now with a carbon fiber chassis and newer CPU’s and GPU’s to configure with. However unlike with their X1 Carbon product Lenovo will be equipping the new X230s with a hot swappable battery and a base design that allows for quick and easy user upgrades for RAM, storage and wireless cards.
On their Chinese website Lenovo lists the main features for their upcoming X230s as follows:
- Windows 8
- 12.5-inch HD (1366×768) LED back-lit display
- Up to 8GB of RAM
- Up to 240GB SSD or 1TB HDD
- I/O ports – DisplayPort, VGA, 2x USB 3.0, fingerprint reader
- 720p HD webcam integrated with microphone
- Back-lit keyboard, trackpad with gesture support for Windows 8, TrackPoint
- 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth wireless communication support
- Up to 24-hours of total system battery life with the optional battery extender base
- Weight - 1.28 kg (2.8 lbs.)
- Thinness – 17.7 mm (0.7 in.)
Lenovo has reportedly priced the new ThinkPad X230s business laptop for the Chinese market, the starting price will be 7,399 yuan (roughly $1,200). Currently the base config. of a standard non-carbon fiber ThinkPad X230 is priced at $817.52 while on sale with a $111 discount of the original MSRP. The base non-carbon fiber features a 2.60 GHz Intel Core i5-3230M dual-core processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 320GB 7200RPM HDD, a 6-cell battery and Windows 7.