The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a 10 inch tablet with an Intel Atom Clover Trail processor and Windows 8 operating system. Lenovo had promised that it would launch in November for $649, and now the company has updated is website with a more precise date: November 16th.
Lenovo’s new tablet has a 1366 x 768 pixel display and a dual digitizer which lets you use your fingers or a pressure-sensitive digital pen to interact with the screen.
The tablet has a micro HDMI port, a full-sized USB port, an 8MP rear camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera.
Lenovo is targeting this tablet at business customers, and will offer optional enterprise-friendly features including fingerprint scanners for security. 3G and 4G models will also be available.
The $649 price seems to be for the tablet alone. Lenovo will also offer an optional Bluetooth keyboard as well as other accessories including a docking station and VGA adapter.
A surface pro will have more power & more resolution but will also be almost twice as thick and .7 lb. heavier with less battery life, no on board pen storage, no connected standby, no cellular connectivity, and will likely cost almost twice as much as the Think pad tablet 2. I’d say these are 2 different devices for people with different needs.
The 3G and 4G models will certainly be more expensive. About $750/$800.
Surface will sport a Core i5, not an Atom. I think it will also include a USB 3.0 port.
It will likely be sold with a detachable touch keyboard.
It will cost around $900, not $1300 (double the price of this one) as you claim.
Also, why a bluetooth keyboard when a detachable one is a lot more practical when carrying this tablet with you?
And 10″ is a too small for a pro. Even when only using Office.
Surface Pro pricing for Europe seems to be for about $869, which means it’s likely to get close to the $800 mark for US release. It’s just too bad we have to wait till January before it’s released.
For desktop usage, mind there is a multimedia dock for the Lenovo too, which means you can just dock it and use a full size LCD with keyboard and mouse. Then unplug and use it as a tablet on the go.
While, having personally used a 8.9″ netbook for the last 2 years I can say it’s perfectly possible to use a small screen if you had to for desktop work. Though, it won’t be for everyone but there are always compromises to being portable/mobile.
Mind, most tablets are 10.1″ or smaller and the popular Asus Transformer series is 10.1″ as well. So the Keyboard dock they offer is similarly less than full size but many people still opt for it.
While the MS Surface, both models, is only a bit bigger at 10.6″… MS specifically decided on the size as a compromise between mobility at 10.1″ and smaller, and easier desktop usage for 11.6″ and larger sizes.
Display Port and USB (or Bluetooth) will allow for similarly setting up a desktop arrangement you can basically dock for the Surface as well.
There are also companies that make generic docking stating and the Surface Pro USB 3.0 is perfect for taking advantage of that option as well.
That display resolution is going to look anemic next to a 1080p Surface, but the Surface will almost certainly have a higher price. It will be interesting to see where the market goes on these.
Resolution isn’t the only factor in determining screen quality. Contrast ratios, color accuracy and intensities, viewable angles range, and rendering all contribute to how the screen looks.
Not to mention factors like how glossy the screen is, how thick the glass layer is, etc.
Present MS Surface RT is the same resolution but on a 10.6″ screen it comes to a PPI of 147.84 versus 155.16 for the 10.1″ Lenovo. While the 1080P Surface Pro only raises it to 207.82 PPI.
Mind also the performance range, higher resolution puts greater load on the system and ARM/ATOM tablets are entry level performers.
While full HD may be pretty doable for a Mobile OS with Mobile Apps, RT/8/Pro are desktop OS and need more resources to run properly, at least for getting the most out of them.
Though the market will definitely head towards higher resolution, it’s just a tad premature before next gen hardware comes out to make it finally more practical.
It’s about time more tablets show up to the party.
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