Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 to sell for $799 (with Windows 8 Pro and a keyboard)

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a 10 inch tablet with a 1366 x 768 pixel display, and Intel Atom (probably Clover Trail) processor, and Windows 8 Pro software. It’s aimed at business and enterprise, and it’s expected to launch with Windows 8 on October 26th.

And it will apparently cost about $799 when you buy the tablet with a keyboard docking station which lets you use it like a notebook.

When Lenovo first unveiled the ThinkPad Tablet 2 in August, the company wasn’t talking about price. But the folks at WP Central got a price out of the company this week. It’s not clear if Lenovo will offer a cheaper version that doesn’t include a keyboard dock – but my guess is if your business wants to place a large enough order, you can probably any sort of configuration you’d like.

The tablet has an IPS display, an 8MP camera on the back, and a 2MP camera on the front. It features a micro HDMI port, a full-sized USB port, and optional security features such as a fingerprint scanner or an active digitizer for use with a digital pen. Models with 3G and 4G mobile broadband connectivity will also be available.

Lenovo says the ThinkPad Tablet 2 will get up to 10 hours of battery life.

$799 seems like a high price for a tablet when you look at the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire or $499 iPad. But neither of those devices can run full desktop versions of software like Microsoft Office, nor do they have fingerprint scanners or other business-friendly security features.

Whether anyone will care enough about those features to spend money on this type of device remains to be seen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-McKay/100000444150936 Bob McKay

    800???? DOA…..

    • http://rationaldreaming.com/ Mike

      No. It’s aimed at the business market, and the Thinkpad brand is premium business brand, and thus is less price sensitive than the consumer market (outside of Apple).

      Also, list prices of Lenovo products are mostly fictional anyway, so until we see them for sale on the Lenovo web site, we won’t know what the real price will be. Note: It could sell at $799, in which case the list price on the site will probably be around $1100 or more.

      Such deceptions are typically illegal in the UK and other EC countries, but then, they take consumer protection a little more seriously than in the USA, since they seem to believe that “consumer protection” is code for “government screwing you over.”

  • Len

    Atom? Pass.

    • CyberGusa

      It may not change your mind but you should still check out the reviews when they come out.

      These newer ATOM based tablets won’t be a sluggish device like previous ATOM based tablets.

      Windows 8 is easier to run, takes up less drive space, handles resources better, and it looks like the Clover Trail is going to provide the upper range of ATOM performance. Along with performance boosters like the use of SSDs instead of HDDs and minimum of 2GB of installed RAM.

      So should provide at least 50% better raw performance than previous ATOM tablets and a bit more from the improved efficiency.

      Mind, most ARM tablets won’t give you a full USB 2.0 port, nor a desktop capable OS, features like a WACOM digitizer pen are still pretty rare…

      While it’s also rare for a x86 tablet to have 3G/4G options and almost unheard of to get around 10 hours run time on a single internal battery.

      A Core i-series tablet will provide more performance but until the 10W Haswell comes out later, next year, then they’ll also provide you significantly less run time and won’t come in such a thin and light form factor. Along with being notably higher priced…

  • Robert Jakiel

    LOL! Atom! What a piece of crap. You can get a Samsung Series 5 13″ Ultrabook with a 3rd gen. Core i5 and superior specs or an Asus Ultrabook for the SAME price as this heap of crap. The extra pound or so in weight is well worth it for the Ultrabooks versus this lame duck.