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Gigabyte launches carbon fibre X11 laptop

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Thu May 31 2012, 18:03

TAIWANESE ELECTRONICS MAKER Gigabyte has jumped the gun ahead of Computex and shown off three laptops including a full carbon fibre stunner weighing less than a kilo.

gigabyte-x11Gigabyte's X11 laptop lays claim to being one of the lightest laptops on the market, however the firm doesn't call it an ultrabook. The company has decked the X11 in carbon fibre, meaning the 11.6in screen laptop weighs 975g and tapers down to 30mm at its thinnest point.

Although Gigabyte doesn't use the ultrabook name to describe its X11 laptop, the specifications seem decent enough including Ivy Bridge processors, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, USB3 and Bluetooth 4 connectivity. Sadly Gigabyte's design uses a 16:9 aspect ratio for the 11.6in LED backlit screen, providing 1366x768 resolution.

Gigabyte has also launched two other laptops, the U2442 which features a 14in screen, Ivy Bridge processors and Nvidia Geforce GT 640M and Geforce GT 650M discrete GPU options. It also launched the U2440, another 14in laptop that uses the Nvidia Geforce 630M GPU.

Although Gigabyte isn't the first firm to include carbon fibre in laptops, given that the firm cites prices between $1,000 and $1,300 the X11 looks considerably more affordable than Lenovo's stunning X1 Carbon.

Intel's and Nvidia's OEM PC partners are set to launch a number of laptops at Computex, and Intel will also launch its ultra low-voltage Ivy Bridge processors, which will finally usher in the second generation of ultrabooks. µ


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