In the future, the gesture controls will be integrated into other ThinkPad devices as the technology matures, Bhatia said. But the new keyboard design could end up being exclusive to the X1 Carbon, depending on user feedback.
"If it really takes off, then we may consider putting it in other systems. But for now it's only in the X1 Carbon," he said.
The new X1 Carbon will be available in late January, starting at US$1,299.
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