Gigabyte makes 975g X11 official, claims 'world's lightest' 11.6-inch notebook (update: hands-on video)

Well hello there again, Gigabyte X11. Hot on the heels of yesterday's leak, Gigabyte's just made its 11.6-inch X11 laptop (or is that an Ultrabook?) official. At 975g (2.15 pounds) it claims the title of "lightest notebook on earth" -- and weighs even less on Mars. Design-wise, you're looking at a 16.5mm (0.65 inches) to 3mm (0.19 inches) thin Macbook Air-like body made of real carbon fiber (!) with an aluminum hinge. Under the hood you'll find unspecified third generation Intel Core processors (read Ivy Bridge), 4GB of DDR3 RAM, Mobile Intel HM77 Express chipset with Intel HD Graphics 4000, a 128GB SSD, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.

Ports include power, USB 2.0 and mini DisplayPort on the left side plus microSD, combo audio and USB 3.0 on the right. While the specs also mention gigabit Ethernet, there's no sign of it anywhere in the press shots. The display is a 1366x768-pixel LED-backlit affair dotted with a 1.3 megapixel webcam. A chiclet keyboard, buttonless trackpad and 4730mAh 7.4V Li-ion polymer battery (likely sealed) complete the package. There's no word on availability, but prices will range from $999 to $1299 with Windows 7 Home Premium and Professional in tow. Expect more information when we get our hands on this sexy beast at Computex next week.

Update: Our colleagues over at Engadget Chinese just got to spend some time with this svelte black slab. Take a look at the gallery below and hit the break for the hands-on video.%Gallery-156515%


In addition, Gigabyte's announcing two 14-inch laptops -- the U2442 and U2440 -- which feature third generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce graphics. Unfortunately, we're still busy drooling all over the X11 gallery, so we'll direct you to the full PR after the break for the complete details.

Andy Yang contributed to this report.


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GIGABYTE Launches the Lightest, the Fastest and the Most Affordable Lightweight Notebooks: X11 Ultra Lightweight, U2442 Ultra Powerful, U2440 Ultra Affordable

- GIGABYTE X11 the lightest 11.6'' full carbon fiber notebook on earth weighing only 975g. Street price from $999~1,299USD (tax excluded) on the market in July.
- GIGABYTE U2442 series lightweight notebook weighs only 1.57kg* and measures the thinnest part at 1.85cm with powerful performance and ultra mobility. Street price from $999~1,299USD (tax excluded) on the market in mid June.
- Light and thin GIGABYTE U2440 notebook is powered by the latest 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors and NVIDIA® discrete graphics. Street price from $699USD (tax excluded) on the market in end June.

(TAIPEI) GIGABYTE is presenting new exciting notebook models with sleek design and redefines the standard for lightweight notebooks by launching three ultra lightweight notebooks X11, U2442 and U2440. Being the lightest notebook on earth weighing only 975g and having the thickness of only 0.3cm at its thinnest, the X11 is the lightest ultra notebook and the only full carbon fiber notebook on earth. It is made through six stages of rigorous production processes by applying woven diamond technique which resulted in a breath-taking feather weight design. GIGABYTE also launched the 14'' U2442 with an elegant shuttle streamline design featuring 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors, NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M / GT 640M discrete graphics, THX TruStudio Pro™ audio technology and 1600x900 HD+ display to realize the possibility of the existence of both light weight and performance for multimedia enjoyment and to redefine the lightweight notebook standard. GIGABYTE U2440 is the revolution of a mainstream 14'' notebook with its stylish and thin design. It is powered by 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors, NVIDIA® GeForce® GT630M discrete graphics, supports up to 1TB HDD storage for practicability and has a built-in ODD in its thin body. The street price is only from $699USD (tax excluded) to be the most affordable lightweight notebook on the market.

GIGABYTE X11 Full Carbon Fiber Made- The Lightest Notebook on Earth

GIGABYTE created the ultra thin form factor with high-tech carbon fiber with superior design capability and superb technique, making the 975g X11 the lightest 11.6'' notebook on earth. Carbon fiber is light yet tough; therefore X11 is exceptionally durable. The specific strength of carbon notebook is 6 times stronger than of an aluminum notebook; meanwhile it comes with higher elasticity coefficients. The design details of X11 are comprehensively calculated to make the thinnest part stand at only 0.3cm, the thickest part at 1.65cm. The streamline design makes the perfect interpretation of delicate notebook crafts.

GIGABYTE X11 The Woven Diamond Technique

X11 is made by unique diamond weaving technique with careful application of transparent or black paint coating, forming the amazing Woven Diamond and Black Diamond classics X11. The Woven Diamond exposes the beauty of the original glaze carbon black and diamond weaving patterns. The Black Diamond applies the lacquer on the cover to show the meticulous texture. All the carbon fiber covers need to be examined thoroughly and polished by the craftsmen to ensure the perfect chassis shape for X11. It is designed both externally and functionally by taking cues from the aggressive and sleek looks of a sports car presenting a special 3D arc design. The handmade X11 is definitely worth having as a collection. The elegantly hidden aluminum hinge looks just like the sleek silver wheels of a profound super sports car, adding a low-key luxurious and speedy look for the X11. Taking inspiration from the exhausts of super cars, the GIGABYTE R&D team has developed the dual air vent design that efficiently exports the heat of the laptop, and also makes cooling even more efficient with its application of aluminum materials. X11 therefore has a cool and smooth operation just like a sports car.

GIGABYTE X 11 Superb Performance, Superior Multimedia Enjoyment

GIGABYTE X11 has fantastic design and superb performance of a sports car. It is powered by 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors, Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium or Genuine Windows® 7 Professional, 128GB SSD, 10 times faster USB3.0 and Bluetooth4.0. X11 also enhances the multimedia ability by adapting a 16:9 HD screen with LED backlight to make the images crisp and vivid. X11 makes the largest resonator and large diaphragm monomer in the extremely thin chassis that provides a rich and large sound. Also with the adjustments of wave lengths and increasing the bass frequency, the bass performance is lower and clearer, providing an immersive audio experience!

GIGABYTE X11 Faster and Smarter

GIGABYTE X11 is not only extremly thin, great for multimedia, but it's also ultimately smart. With Intel® Rapid Start Technology and Intel® Anti-Theft Technology bulit-in, X11 bolds the computing intellegence and data secutriy ability. The Smart Recovery allows hassle-free system restore. Just click on F9 when the computer is booting up to launch Smart Recovery and quickly restore the notebook system.

GIGABYTE U2442 Ultra Performance with Sleek Design

Except the lightest carbon notebook X11, GIGABYTE also launched the 14'' U2442. The U2442 is exceptionally designed with a sleek form factor that is just 1.57kg and thinness from 18.5-21mm with an elegant shuttle streamline design. It is powered by 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors and NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M / GT 640M discrete graphics reaching 3DMark Vantage at 9,587 points. The U2442 has a dual air vent design (one for CPU and one for GPU) that efficiently eliminates heat and keeps noise to a minimum. Despite the powerful features and thin form factor, the unique venting system is able to effectively keep the notebook from overheating. It also boasts an automatic light sensing backlight keyboard. This excellent feature adjusts the light to external conditions and allows getting work done even under low light conditions.

GIGABYTE U2442 Ultra Performance with Entertainment Enjoyment

The U2442 also provides an awesome audio and multimedia experience with a fantastic HD+ 1600x900 display and THX® TruStudio Pro™ audio technology. THX TruStudio Pro™ groundbreaking audio technology comes equipped on the U2442 and is designed to provide outstanding performance by effectively eliminating sound distortion, enhancing volume and reinforcing even the smallest details of the sound. Enjoy 3D/Full HD Entertainment with HDMI 1.4 on external displays! It transfers the U2442 into a home entertainment center by connecting to an external display. Now play the latest multimedia and enjoy it in stunning full HD quality on a large external screen. It also supports several stereoscopic 3D formats as a standard output and can be used for 3D enjoyment. The innovative quick battery status check allows seeing how much battery power is remaining when the notebook is off. Simply click on the right mouse button and the LED lights will light up to indicate how much battery power is remaining.

GIGABYTE U2440 Stylish Mobility at its Finest

The 14" U2440 is elegantly designed with an attractive aluminum dark gray cover and is very thin and lightweight. Despite its thin size, the U2440 comes packed with exceptional features, including an intelligent 3rd Generation Intel® Core processors, an excellent NVIDIA® GeForce® 630M GPU and an ODD in a thin form factor of 21.5mm. The notebook has a huge 1TB HDD and supports an mSATA for Intel® Rapid Start, which allows the notebook to resume from sleep mode in seconds. The U2440 provides an awesome audio and multimedia experience with a fantastic HD display and THX® TruStudio Pro™ audio technology. The notebook is loaded with many other fantastic things, including USB 3.0 for 10X faster data transfers, HDMI1.4 supporting 3D/HD output and the energy efficient Bluetooth 4.0 and much more to exceed expectation with a great price from $699USD (tax excluded).