Inhon, a Taiwanese manufacturer, has unveiled the Blade 13 Carbon. The company is claiming the title of world's thinnest, lightest notebook, as the gadget weighs just 870 grams and measures only 10.7mm thick. That makes it only six ounces heavier than the original iPad.
In comparison, Apple's 13-inch Macbook Air is 1.35kg and measures 17mm at its thickest point. Portability has always been an essential part of personal computing, with ultrabooks and tablets making personal computing ever more mobile. Studies have shown that carrying a laptop daily can lead to shoulder and neck stress, pinched nerves and pain.
Although the Blade 13 is small, the specs aren't bad. It's got a Core i5 or i7 CPU, 1080p screen, 128GB or 256GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. It also features a 13-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Inhon didn't use the typical aluminum body and created the notebook with carbon-fiber instead. This allows the laptop to be considerably lighter and sleeker in design.
Inhon debuted its first laptops, the InBook 11.6 and InBook 13.3, at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Both products were made of carbon-fiber and light materials. The 11.6 weighs in at 0.9 kg (1.98 pounds), it's got two USB ports, a SIM card slot, an HDMI-out, a power jack fitted with a magnetic connector, and it runs on either Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 chips. Before unveiling the products at CES, Inhon was only making handheld device covers made of carbon fiber and plastic.
The Inhon Blade 13 will arrive in Taiwan in June but the company hasn't released any information on when the device will be available in the U.S. The product will retail in Taiwan for the equivalent of $1,350. The company also plans to produce a cheaper, lighter version with a fiberglass body and a slightly lower resolution for around $1,000.