The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is the company’s first Windows 8 convertible tablet. It will launch when Windows 8 hits the streets on October 26th, and you’ll be able to pick up a Twist for $849 and up.
Lenovo is no stranger to the convertible tablet space. While Windows 8 is designed with touchscreens in mind, Lenovo has been offering solid business-class laptops which can transform into tablets with a twist of the screen since the days of Windows XP.
The ThinkPad Twist doesn’t have a detachable keyboard or a hinge that lets you open the screen to a 360 degree angle. It has a solid hinge that lets you rotate the screen and then fold it flat so that it covers the keyboard.
There are a few things that make the Twist different from earlier ThinkPad convertibles, though. Not only does it run Windows 8 with a new finger-friendly user interface, but it doesn’t appear to come with a digital pen for pressure-sensitive input at all. At least I can’t find any mention of a pen in Lenovo’s documentation.
For the most part the specs look pretty solid. The ThinkPad Twist has a 12.5 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel Gorilla Glass display, 2 USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, mini-DisplayPort, and mini HDMI. It features 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and optional mobile broadband.
Lenovo offers a choice of Ivy Bridge processors with up to an Intel Core i7 CPU, as well as up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a choice of a hard drive or 128GB solid state disk.
The tablet measures 0.8 inches thick and weighs about 3.5 pounds. Lenovo says the battery should be good for up to 7 hours of run time.
Lenovo seems to be trying to hit every possible note on W8 tablets but none of them really grab me. This looks pretty good until you get to the ‘no stylus’ part. That would be a deal killer.
Over the years I haven’t really paid a lot of attention to Lenovo. They’ll soon have three hybrid solutions out that I’m very interested in – The IdeaPad YOGA, IdeaTab Lynx and this unit, the ThinkPad Twist. Although there’s some questionable choices being made (screen resolution, for example), I like these larger screen sizes vs the de facto standard of 10.1″. These units join the Dell XPS Duo 12.5″ tablet as the devices I’m looking at for my first multi-input tablet. I haven’t been excited about hardware for a long time and now suddenly this…
Me too. It seems like Lenovo is really making a push towards touch computing. More offerings than Sony and Toshiba.
Why make this and the X200 tablet series? Although, from the looks of it, this thing is more consumer focused than for business users. It would make sense if this thing wasn’t branded with the ThinkPad name.
I suspect there’s a little bit of experimentation with branding going on here. “Thinkpad Twist” certainly has a certain ring to it.
The word “Edge” here is the key. This is more a part of the THinkPad Edge series of small business (read, lower priced) ThinkPad notebooks.
I hope this has an SD/SDHC/SDXC slot.
The X series is Lenovo’s more expensive, executive level product, which usually goes for well over $1,000. Hopefully, Lenovo won’t saddle the X230t with a measly 1366 x 768 screen, instead shipping at least a 1600 x 900 (preferably 1600 x 1080 16:10 aspect ratio screen), or better yet, offering an optional 1920 x 1080 13″ screen.
X Tablets have traditionally had an active digitizer. I hope this also has an SD/SDHC/SDXC and an ExpressCard slot.
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