News Summary: Lighter, quicker ThinkPad laptop

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Lenovo executives hold the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptops in Beijing Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. The Chinese computer maker unveiled the lighter, quicker ThinkPad notebook computer inspired by the convenience of tablets and smart phones. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
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NEW LAPTOP: Lenovo will sell a lighter, quicker ThinkPad notebook computer to appeal to customers who like the convenience of tablets and smartphones.

DETAILS: The ThinkPad X1 Carbon will go on sale later this month. Lenovo shaved the 14-inch laptop computer's weight to three pounds, from the 3.7 pounds of last year's model, Bhatia.

THE NEED: Despite tablets' growing popularity, the company believes there will still be strong demand for notebooks to perform more complex functions in business, education and government.

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