The Lenovo ThinkPad 10 is a Windows tablet with a 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display, up to 4GB of RAM, up to 128GB of solid state storage, and an Intel Atom Z3795 quad-core processor.
Announced in May, the tablet should begin shipping in the next few weeks, and in the United States it sells for $599 and up.
While that makes it relatively expensive for a Windows tablet with a Bay Trail processor, it’s one of the few models with a full HD screen, the fastest Atom chip on the market, and in the US all models will ship standard with a Wacom digitizer and digital pen.
Lenovo will offer models without the digitizer in other markets.
As part of Lenovo’s business tablet family, the ThinkPad 10 has some premium features including options for 3G and 4G, optional TPM security, and a range of accessories including a desktop dock, a Quickshot cover (which fires up the camera app as soon as you fold down the flap hiding the camera), and several keyboard dock options.
While the tablet itself doesn’t have a space to store the digital pen when you’re not using it, the Quickshot cover has a little flap that you can slide the pen into, and the keyboard dock I got a chance to play with has a spring-loaded slot for storing the pen. Just push the pen in when you’re not using it, and press the pen again to pop it out of the dock.
The tablet doesn’t feel extraordinarily sturdy when you place it in the keyboard dock. It’s held loosely in place with magnets, and you can’t adjust the screen angle. But fold down the screen and snap it into the dock so that the keyboard acts like a screen protector, and it stays firmly in place.
The tablet weighs about 1.3 pounds, measures about a third of an inch thick, has an 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, HDMI and USB ports, a microSD card slot, and a 33Whr battery for up to 8 hours of use.
It feels pretty good in the hand, and while I didn’t spend a lot of time using the digital pen, it seemed pretty precise, allowing me to hover over menu items without touching the screen and perform other traditional Windows actions that can be difficult to accomplish on a Windows tablet when you’re only using your fingertips.
There are cheaper Windows tablets on the market, and more powerful options. But the Lenovo ThinkPad 10 strikes an interesting balance for folks looking for long battery life, a small package and precision input with a digital pen.