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.