Lenovo will launch a new 10 inch ThinkPad tablet in October. That’s when Microsoft plans to release Windows 8, and the new tablet will be running Microsoft’s latest operating system.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 will replace the Android-powered ThinkPad Tablet which is currently available.

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

While the new model is about the same size as the existing ThinkPad Tablet, under the hood it’s a very different computer.

The ThinkPad Tablet 2 features an Intel Atom processor, a 1366 x 768 pixel IPS display, a rear-facing 8MP camera, and a front-facing 2MP camera.

It has a micro HDMI port for connecting an external display, a full-sized USB port, and a 10 hour battery.

The tablet will have some business-friendly premium features including a fingerprint reader, IT management software, and an optional active digitizer that lets you use the computer with a digital pen as well as with your fingers.

The ThinkPad Tablet 2 weighs about 1.3 pounds and measures less than 0.4 inches thick.

Lenovo will also offer a model with 3G and 4G mobile broadband. In the US, the tablet will work with AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

There’s no word on how much the tablet will cost, but it should be available in late October. Windows 8 is scheduled to hit the streets on October 26th.

Update: Lenovo could offer the tablet with a keyboard dock for about $799.

via Engadget

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2 replies on “Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 with Windows 8 coming in October”

  1. Seems interesting, but I’m not sure what I think of the Intel Atom part. If this is going to run like a netbook then it doesn’t sound good.

    1. Think of it as a compromise between getting a laptop replacement tablet and a ARM tablet.

      ATOM may not be powerful but it provides near ARM like cost and power efficiency. While still being able to run x86 software and won’t be limited by the RT version of Windows 8.

      Clover Trail will replace Oak Trail and is basically the next step after Medfield. Incorporating many of the same enhancements and power efficiency improvements, including the SoC design.

      Mind that Windows 8 is also easier to run than Windows 7 and unlike Netbooks, Windows 8 is intended to allow easier switching between different devices/systems.

      The new MS Office for example can be installed in up to 5 different systems and depending how you set up, and if you subscribe to the cloud services, etc. You can just switch between them and continue working on whatever with just a log-in…

      While the Tile apps are cross compatible and MS is basically going to allow developers to include any device they want to support from Windows Phone 8 to the full Windows 8 Pro.

      So there’s potentially a lot more flexibility being offered that should help compensate for any device limitations.

      Meanwhile, in just another year they’re coming out with the next gen ATOMs and they may be game changers, along with AMD getting into the tablet range then too. So expect this range of devices to start getting more interesting by then.

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