Meet the Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet

Lenovo is getting ready to launch a business-friendly 10 inch Windows tablet with an Intel Bay Trail processor. Details about the unannounced Lenovo ThinkPad 10 have been popping up since early April, but now Lenovo is sharing pretty much all the details you could want (except for the price).

Photos and specs have been posted on the Lenovo Australia website.

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The Lenovo ThinkPad 10 features a 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS display with 180 degree viewing angles support for multitouch input. It’s powered by an Intel Atom Z3795 quad-core processor.

Lenovo will offer models with 2GB or 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage. At launch only the 2GB/64GB model will be available, but the higher-capacity options are listed as “coming soon.”

At launch the tablet will also only be available with Windows 8.1 32-bit, but later you’ll be able to get a model with Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit. The Pro version will not come with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-loaded, but the other models will.

Each model is expected to have an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera, stereo speakers, a mic, 802.11n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0. The ThinkPad 10 has a 33Whr battery good for up to 10 hours of use. The tablet has an active digitizer and support for an optional digital pen and features a mini HDMI port and WiFi Direct printing support.

Lenovo will also offer a model with support for 4G LTE, EVDO, and HSPA+ cellular networks. That model will also include a fingerprint reader and NFC capabilities.

The company will also offer a Quickshot Cover like the one available for the smaller ThinkPad 8 tablet. It’s a tablet cover with a flap near the rear camera that lets you fold down the edge of the cover to reveal the lens and immediately launch the camera app to snap a quick photo.

Other accessories include a tablet dock with 3 USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, Ethernet jack, PXE boot support, and audio jacks and a Ultrabook Keyboard accessory with mechanical keys and a slot for the digitizer pen.

via TabTech

  • Tim

    Too bad they carried over the non-attaching (not really sure on this part) and non-adjustable angle keyboard dock from the TPT2 and made it worse. There’s no trackpoint. Also, if I’m reading this correctly, there is no slot for the pen on the tablet itself.

    I can’t find a USB 3.0 port on the tablet or a reference to one. Does this only have a microUSB 2.0 port? I hope it can drive the more power hungry external HDDs and DVD drives. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 was a big dissapointed for many users regarding its USB 2.0 power output while other Clover Trail tablets powered the same USB devices perfectly fine. Of course, the blame is also on the external device maker but Lenovo should have known that external devices have long ignored the 500 mA max current. Other tablet OEMs didn’t overlook it, that’s for sure.

    I like the 4 GB and LTE options but like usual, I’m sure those will be available many months after the initial release. Probably right before the next generation of tablets come out.

    • CyberGusa

      Looks like the USB 3.0 is via the docking port… Look at the docking station image, there’s two USB 3.0 ports, along with a HDMI and Ethernet port… Would also make sure of external drive support with a powered docking station but remains to be seen what it can run on the go and whether they’ll offer a mobile USB 3.0 port option, like a dock port adapter to USB 3.0…

      As for Clover Trail tablets, there were plenty that didn’t offer much power over the USB port, it wasn’t only the Thinkpad Tablet… But that does vary per system maker…

      Mind, things like including a WACOM digitizer means extra things to power… The WACOM digitizer is actively emitting a EM field, which is what the pen is interacting with and what allows you to use the pen without the pen itself needing a battery like other digital pen technology… and prioritizing run times often reduces power to ports… So depends how the tablet is configured and what priority they set on power usage…

      As to next generation… they can’t wait too long because Cherry Trail will start coming out before the end of the year…

      • Jase

        “As for Clover Trail tablets, there were plenty that didn’t offer much power over the USB port”

        Which ones? ASUS, Acer, Dell or no-name knockoff brands?

      • CyberGusa

        All of the above, not all Clover Trail tablets even had full size USB ports and none of them had USB 3.0 support, which could have increased the max output to 900mA…

        Those with only micro ports mostly didn’t support the 500mA spec… While even laptops can have under powered USB ports…

        If you read the forums on many of those models you’ll see most of them had issues with certain high powered devices… Especially anything that would normally require a Y cable to draw from two USB ports to power the peripheral device.

        The single port that most tablets provide is rarely enough for the high powered USB devices… Let alone to charge anything more powerful than a phone…

        Some USB HDDs are just based on green drives that can make do with only about 1-2W and any USB port that provides up to 500mA can deliver up to 2.5W…

        Besides, with devices that now require 2-3W to charge… such as Windows tablets, there aren’t any tablets, old or new, that can support those high power requirements… So, having alternatives like USB power packs, etc. is usually recommended… along with helping to save your device battery for the device itself and not compromise on battery life when on the go…

      • mo

        Which models so I can search better? I’m having a hard time finding them. I’d like to see which tablet makers are likely to skimp on the USB power delivery design.

        I have a Dell Latitude 10 that can power USB DVD and HDDs fine. A friend has an Acer W510 that can power the same devices fine. The peripherals are definitely pulling more than 500 mA based on an inline piwer measurement. Some pulled 1 A and still worked fine. I can even simultaneusly use multiple devices using a hub where the tablet is the only power source.

      • CyberGusa

        What are you using to measure the power, because those devices can’t output more than 500mA… Only PoweredUSB can output that much but none of these devices are equipped with that type of port!

        If, it’s just the inline for the tablet itself then that’s not really telling you how much the USB is drawing as the system uses power too when you use peripherals…

        So far more likely you’re just over estimating how much power those devices are using…

        People with those same models have also complained of drives they could not run, which wouldn’t be the case if they could really put out over 1A… So it varies depending on the drive and how much power it actually draws… So don’t assume just because you’re running a HDD that’s it’s drawing a lot of power… Even DVDs don’t draw a lot of power unless you’re burning discs and even then mainly only if it’s a fast burner…

        Doesn’t mean there aren’t good USB power outputs but none are outputting what you would get from a dedicated charger…

        The only exceptions is some allow USB ports to output more when the device is being charged, allowing the port to then push the 1.5A max current it could tolerate, but that’s usually a feature reserved for laptops and more advance BIOS/UEFI that specifically gives the option in the firmware settings… but I’ve yet to see any mobile tablet offer such a feature… Those ports usually have a “+” symbol on them btw…

        While it can also depend how the port is configured… Those devices providing full size USB ports through the keyboard dock for example, often do so via a internal HUB and that reduces power available to the port and they sometimes share the port with other USB based peripherals, like the card reader, etc instead of giving those devices dedicated connections but it reduces the max output even if it starts with the full 500mA…

        These are all things all the companies may or may not do, it varies even from one generation model to the next… So rely on actual reviews and take it on a case by case basis…

        Though, as long as the port is USB 3.0 then it’s more likely to provide at least 500mA, if not more as the max for USB 3.0 is 900mA… and is something none of the Clover Trail’s supported as USB support wasn’t native until Bay Trail for the ATOM…

      • mo

        I cut a USB cable and used a Fluke multimeter to measure the current through the power line. I’m inclined to to say those other people suffer from user error which is often the case for many tech problems.

      • CyberGusa

        Okay, I did a little more research… Looks like your Dell Latitude 10 is an exception because it has a “+” port and higher capacity battery options with higher voltage ratings… You can see the “+” right next to the USB symbol next to the port…

        http://cdn3.pcadvisor.co.uk/cmsdata/features/3382087/Latitude-10-USB-HDMI.png

        The Acer W510 for example only has a 27WHr battery with just a 3.7V rating… But your Dell has a 29-30WHr rating with a 7.4V rating and it’s user replaceable, meaning it can more easily afford to provide higher power usage and still provide good battery life… especially, with the higher capacity option for a 60WHr 4 cell battery that just sticks out a bit out the back…

        This is not something provided by most tablets, Clover Trail or otherwise… Especially, because most don’t provide user replaceable battery options…

      • mo

        “Looks like your Dell Latitude 10 is an exception because it has a “+” port and higher capacity battery options with higher voltage ratings… You can see the “+” right next to the USB symbol next to the port”
        No, you’re confusing what USB Plus is. That + sign is the official symbol that the port supports USB 2.0. Without the + sign technically means it’s a USB 1.x port which many manufacturers incorrectly use for 2.0 ports. Also, having SS on the icon means USB 3.0.

        If you’re just going to look at the battery and ignore the rest of the power delivery design then it won’t explain the low USB power output of these tablets that you haven’t named yet. Li-ion battery capacities are specified at 1 C load and typically can safely have up to a 2 C load. For example, a 1 C load on a 7.3 Ah battery is 7.3 A so a 2 C load is 14.6 A. I’ll let you calculate the actual Watts.

        You seem to be confused so I’m going to stop here. Thanks for trying to provide information.

      • CyberGusa

        “No, you’re confusing what USB Plus is. That + sign is the official symbol that the port supports USB 2.0.”

        No, I’m not! Normal USB 2.0 ports do not have the “+” next to the USB symbol!

        http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f4/USB.png

        You’re thinking of when they first made the switch to USB 2.0 but they stopped using the “+” for that years ago after USB 1.0 got phased out and for the last few years it has instead been used to indicate that the port supports a charger state and can output more than the normal specification for a USB 2.0 data port!

        Though, normally you have to enabled it in the firmware first but apparently your unit has it on by default…

        For Dell they call it the “USB Powershare” and it sometimes also has a lightning bolt next to the USB symbol with the “+” sign…

        http://en.community.dell.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/communityserver-discussions-components-files/3518/6521.usb-powershare.jpg

      • mike
      • mike

        http://www.dell.com/support/troubleshooting/an/en/andhs1/KCS/KcsArticles/ArticleView?c=an&l=en&s=dhs&docid=608993
        “Only the USB connector with a lightning bolt icon, as seen in the image below, can be used.”
        The + sign is not related.

        Also, my ThinkPad notebook can provide up to 1 A on all USB 2.0 ports yet don’t follow the USB.org specification in terms of the icon. The plus icon for USB 2.0 is not phased out per USB.org. It’s called being non-compliant. For example, there are existing USB 3.0 ports that are not blue and/or don’t have SS on the icon.

      • CyberGusa

        Yes, I already stated that companies tend to just do their own thing in terms of symbols but that doesn’t change that an enhanced port is the only explanation for your device outputting over double the normal amperage limit for a USB 2.0 port…

        Really, when even for laptops they don’t normally allow the 500mA to be exceeded then it’s not something to be expected. Especially on tablets with low voltage batteries of limited capacities that can’t be user replaced and are still expected to provide good battery life…

        A port that provides such high output means a port that will rapidly drain the battery of a tablet!

        While the Dell “PowerShare” is really just their name for the USB “Sleep-and-charge ports” specification that allows for systems to charge devices even when the system is turned off… Basically, instead of marking it Red or Yellow they decided to put a lightning bolt next to it…

        For Acer they simply use a non-standard symbol (the letters “USB” over a drawing of a battery) and just call it “Power-off USB”…

        Anyway, the Battery Charging Specification 1.2 is what really allows a standard USB port to increase output up to the rated max for USB 2.0 or 500mA to 1.5A and is not limited to just “Sleep-and-charge ports” like Dell’s PowerShare…

        Collectively known just as Charge Ports many companies don’t bother providing a indication that you have one of those ports… sometimes a battery Symbol or a plus sign, which is sometimes just as large as the USB symbol and sometimes just used to indicate the port is a powered port, but that sometimes gets confused with PoweredUSB, which has dedicated power lines to support beyond the USB specifications normal limitations…

        So regardless, the only explanation (Other than you misreading the actual amperage) is your Dell has a Charging Port class USB port… The lack of the Lightning bolt symbol only means it’s not meant to be used with the system turned off… and the fact your model is one of the few that even offers replaceable batteries, let alone one that has a 7.4V rating instead of the normal 3.7V rating of most other tablet batteries supports this conclusion…

        Not to mention the fact the Dell Latitude 10 uses a 30W charger! When most other mobile tablets are making due with just 10W chargers!

        So no, whatever you opinion your model isn’t the norm for these class devices…

    • mo

      Ya, Lenovo is great at delaying the extra options like LTE and other things until it’s way too close or too late where next gen devices have already been announced or even released. There’re still shipping and feature availability delays for the ThinkPad 8 and I doubt it’s due to high demand.

  • ldrn

    No trackpoint. :(

    • CyberGusa

      Looks like Lenovo is slowly phasing it out… Mind, it is a feature than not everyone likes… In a age where usages is heavily influenced by multi-touch and gestures it’s harder to justify the limited usage of a trackpoint that only moves the cursor around like a mini joystick…

      I personally wish they would keep it but mainly because I type a lot and find it’s handy for typist by limiting the need to move your hands around when all you want to do is move a cursor and then continue typing…

      But even the Thinkpad Tablet 2 only had a optical trackpoint and not the traditional nub… and Lenovo probably figured from the lack of good reviews on that that they were better off focusing on the touch screen for a tablet than adding too many mouse controls to the keyboard… Especially, with most people just using a traditional mouse with the keyboard if they got down to any serious work…

    • oiad

      Ya, I was hoping for a trackpoint. It’s a ThinkPad after all. As for gestures, there’s a touch screen for that. I’d just as move my hands from the keyboard to the trackpad as from the keyboard to the screen.

  • Peter Oliver

    Pretty disappointing that this isn’t an actual competitor to the Dell Venue 11. If it doesn’t have a real keyboard dock that turns it into a laptop it’s just not worth it.

  • john

    “Keyboard accessory with mechanical keys and a slot for the digitizer pen”
    Does the tablet not have a pen silo? You’d think that you’d want a quick way to take out and stow the pen when in tablet mode and not when using a keyboard and mouse dock.

    The tablet doesn’t seem to have a USB 3.0 port unless it’s under one of those flap covers on the sides. The ThinkPad 8 at least has a microUSB 3.0 port. Why can’t the ThinkPad 10 have the same?

    Why are they so opposed to making an attachable keyboard dock for use as a notebook? The bad keyboard dock design was introduced with the TPT2 and didn’t seem to receive much praise (ie. doesn’t attach, can’t just the angle and an optical vs a nub type trackpoint). Now, they removed the trackpoint completely and kept the rest of the not so great features.

    The image here http://www.lenovo.com/images/gallery/1060×596/lenovo-thinkpad-tablet-10-top-detail-16.jpg seems to show lugs on the bottom (it’s labeled as the top though). So maybe the keyboard at least locks with the tablet or it’s just for the desktop dock.

  • Robert

    Shut up and take my money!
    I’ve been looking at the TP Yoga 12.5 and a Surface Pro. As long as the price on this isn’t ridiculous I’d prefer a TP keyboard of the Surface keyboard. Sounds like it could be a few months for the 64 bit 4GB version though :(

  • mo

    Since there’s no pen silo in the tablet, I hope the digitizer is optional so I don’t have to pay for it. The keyboard is a step done from the TP2 due to the missing trackpoint and doesn’t seem to fix past issues. Good thing it’s optional as well. I won’t be buying it.

    If the 4 GB, LTE and 64-bit OS (are there still UEFI and driver issues?) options aren’t delayed till Cherry Trail is announced then I hope to get this.

    • deiter

      If there’s no pen holder in the tablet then I hope that the active digitizer is optional as well. It’s a must have for me when it comes to active digitizers. The keyboard dock does seem like a dissappointment based on the images so I’ll pass on it too. No USB 3.0 on the tablet is unfortunate but not a deal breaker.

      The LTE, 4 GB of RAM and 64-bit UEFI and driver support are the biggest draw for me though. I hope Lenovo doesn’t do their usual of not having these features for several months to never (in my area).

  • Mike H

    The TPT2 had promised a lot, like LTE, which I only saw a few months ago at a Microsoft Store. The keyboard was so-so, I have had intermittent BT connection difficulties, not sure whether it is the kb or the BT drivers. Lenovo seems more and more like Samsung, throwing out many different models and OS’s to cover all the bases. I am thinking I will pass on the 10 and maybe going for the TrackPoint-less ThinkPad 11e – Windows for a carry-with-me machine. I am using the Dell Venue Pro 8 for that now, with a mini BT keyboard, and it works very well.

  • http://jedibeeftrix.wordpress.com/ Jedibeeftrix

    sorry, shallow i know, but i simply can’t like the asymmetric design with pointy corners on one side.

    thinkpad 8 design is better.

    can i have a 4gb/64bit thinkpad 8 instead, please?

  • patstar5

    I bought a dell venue 11 pro already… Well I paid $500 for core i3 version on eBay, bit bulky but I like it. Havn’t bought stylus yet.

    • Adrian

      How long does the battery last on the i3 model?