Chinese manufacturer Lenovo has released its first hardware since taking over IBM's PC business.
The first laptop, the Thinkpad X41T, is an ultraportable with a swivelling screen that turns it into tablet.
Lenovo claims that the X41T is 20 per cent lighter than its closest competitor and, with the extended battery pack, has the longest working time of any 12in laptop, at up to 6.3 hours.
"We want to continue with the roadmap we had with IBM," Gareth Hansford, UK general manager at Lenovo, told vnunet.com.
"While the majority of the work on the X41T was done by IBM, this is very much a Lenovo machine. Next year you will see the first innovations from the merged companies."
The laptop comes with enhanced security software and a fingerprint scanner to lock the machine. The scanner is designed with temperature and electricity centres so that only a living human finger can be used for activation.
It uses a built in graphics accelerator, and can be ordered with an Intel Pentium M processor and up to 1.5GB of DDR2 Ram.
UK prices start at £1,290 and models will be available from July.
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