Lenovo’s new 8 inch Windows tablet features an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, a full HD display, up to 15 hours of battery life, and a built-in kickstand. The Lenovo Tablet Yoga 2 8 Windows tablet was first announced in October, along with other Android and Windows members of the Yoga Tablet family.

But Lenovo will actually begin selling the Yoga Tablet 2 8 this January, while the other models have been available for months. The company’s used that extra time to add a feature called AnyPen to the 8 inch Windows tablet.

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AnyPen technology lets you use, well, just about anything as a pen. You don’t need to use a finger or a digital pen to write or draw on the screen. you can pick up any ordinary pen or pencil… or even a screwdriver, scissors, or other pointy device.

The idea is that it it can be tough to perform some tasks on a Windows tablet, particularly one with a small, sharp screen, when you’re using only your fingertip (which may be too big for precision work). But you might not want to buy an expensive tablet and pen solution with an active digitizer… only to end up misplacing the pen.

The Yota Tablet 2 8 with AnyPen support should be available this month for $299 and up.

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3 replies on “Lenovo’s tablet with “AnyPen” lets you use anything as a pen”

  1. You can use the stylus pen from your Dull, Asus, or other tablet
    with active digitizer device, whose digitizer has failed and
    the manufacturer refuses/is unable to fix.

    1. It doesn’t sound like this is a resistive screen. Since they mention you can use any conductive material it sounds similar to how the Lumia phones high sensitivity screens work. You can use metal and even a pencil (graphite?) on Lumia screens as well as some other phones that implement the same tech.

      I am not too sure how I would feel about using a metal stylus on a glass screen even though I know Gorilla glass is likely safe.

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