Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon releases late August 2012:
3rd Gen i5 @ 1.7GHz
HD 4000 integrated graphics
14" LED 1600x900 matte TN panel
128GB SanDisk SSD
Tested ~5 hours battery life
Wifi, webcam, SD card reader, USB 3 x1, USB 2 x1, Mini DisplayPort, backlit keyboard.
Pretty much exactly what I'm looking for in a laptop to tote around school: quality built
light 14" ultrabook with 1600x900 matte screen ( ThinkPad X1 Carbon Vs. Lenovo ThinkPad T430s Screen Comparison - YouTube
) and SSD. My favorite features are that it's made out of carbon fiber (hence the name) so it theoretically should be light and
durable and has a 1600x900 matte screen. I think the battery life could be better, but really that's the only shortfall I see (and it does come with RapidCharge technology, where supposedly it charges from 0% to 70-80% in about 35 minutes time) - besides the price (I don't plan on playing games with it, so the HD graphics aren't a killer). I'll be a business major.
So anyone have comparison opinions? Is the $1400 price worth it compared to what else is out there and the fact that it should be Lenovo Thinkpad quality? Bear in mind that the $1400 price is the retail price and Lenovo is known to have a slightly lower online price often coupled with saver and coupon deals that drop most models by a couple hundred bucks. Within a few months of release I can see it more in the $1200 range.