Hate them or loathe them, you have to hand it over to the good people at Cupertino for coming up with a really fantastic design where their device is concerned – and we’re talking about the MacBook Air here. The latest generation MacBook Air is certainly worth more than just a second look considering its performance and design that are rolled into one.

Other companies might want to go up against the MacBook Air’s market, and it isn’t surprising to see that happen anyways considering how potentially lucrative a good model might be. Lenovo has their ThinkPad X1 that has just been leaked out, where it will come with a 160GB solid-state state drive (SSD) to keep the fats out, making the X1 a mere 0.85″ at the thinnest point. Lenovo intends to ride on their reputation for strong designs by making offering a 13.3″ scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass display to boot.

Despite the slim size, you won’t find the performance of the X1 gimped in any way since it will come with a 2.5GHz Core i5 notebook processor, with up to 8GB RAM, USB 3.0 connectivity, eSATA support, an SDXC memory card reader, and a hybrid “Digital Display Port” that could output to either DisplayPort or HDMI. No idea on how long the battery life of the X1 would be though – we’re keeping our fingers crossed for 10 hours thereabouts to give the MacBook Air a real run for its money.

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