CHINESE COMPUTER MAKER Lenovo announced a touchscreen edition of its popular business ultrabook laptop today, the Thinkpad X1 Carbon.
Cleverly named the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, it has support for touchscreen commands so it can run Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system (OS).
"It is a big step towards fulfilling our promise to bring computers into a new 'PC-plus' era," Lenovo said.
The Thinkpad X1 Carbon Touch has all the same functions as the original non-touchscreen model. With its chassis made of lightweight carbon fibre material it weighs 1.5kg and measures 20.8mm thin.
The new glass touchscreen model also means multiple users can interact with it at the same time thanks to its support for up to 10 finger multi-touch on the 14in display.
The move could mark the start of a general shift of PC makers to releasing touchscreen models of laptops if the touch-optimised Windows 8 OS becomes more popular.
Lenovo said that the Intel Core I5 version of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch will be available through business partners from January 2013, with a rather daunting starting price of around £1,600. µ