Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 now available for $649 and up
The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a Windows 8 tablet with a 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.
After showing off the tablet for the past few months, Lenovo is now taking orders for the ThinkPad Tablet 2 for $649 and up, although estimated ship dates suggest that if you order today, you won’t actually get a tablet until January.
For $649 you get just the touchscreen tablet. If you pay $679 you get a model with an active digitizer and a digital pen which you can tuck away in a compartment when you’re not using it.
Lenovo also offers a $729 model with a digitizer, pen, and Windows 8 Pro. You can also add a Bluetooth keyboard to your cart for another $120.
Since these tablets run Windows 8 rather than Windows RT, you can use them to run desktop-style apps designed for Windows 7 and earlier. But they also feature the new Windows 8 touchscreen-friendly user interface with support for full-screen apps from the Windows Store.
Intel’s Clover Trail processor is a low power chip that offers some of the benefits associated with ARM-based processors including long battery life and always-connected functionality. But the Clover Trail processor is an x86 chip, which means it can support apps designed for older Windows computers such as Photoshop, Microsoft Office, or iTunes.
It just might not run some of those apps as quickly as a more powerful computer.
With a starting price of $649, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 isn’t exactly cheap by laptop standards… or by tablet standards. But it’s about par for the course for Windows 8, Clover Trail tablets.
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