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.
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.