Lenovo Debuts First Windows 8-Based Slate: ThinkPad Tablet 2 - HotHardware
Lenovo Debuts First Windows 8-Based Slate: ThinkPad Tablet 2

Lenovo Debuts First Windows 8-Based Slate: ThinkPad Tablet 2

There's a new ThinkPad Tablet in town, and something tells us this one is going to be a lot more memorable than the prior one. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 for Windows 8 was unveiled this week, marking Lenovo's first slate to cater to Microsoft's forthcoming OS. It ships with an optional digitizer and pen for precision input, 3G wireless with Lenovo Mobile Access pay-as-you-go plans and 4G models, and of course, Win8. The unit itself measures 9.8mm thick, weighs under 1.3lbs. and offers a 10.1" display. There's also an optional keyboard and dock -- not surprising given that it's a ThinkPad -- and you'll also find a full-size USB port for connecting accessories.

Unfortunately, Lenovo isn't saying how much it'll cost, but it should ship alongside Win8 in October.


Lenovo Announces New ThinkPad Tablet 2 for Windows 8

Debuts premier table built for professionals and designed for life

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – AUGUST 9, 2012: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today unveiled its first tablet specifically designed for Windows 8, the ThinkPad Tablet 2. The multi-use tablet boasts differentiators that matter, including an optional digitizer and pen for precision input, 3G wireless with Lenovo Mobile Access pay-as-you-go plans and 4G models, along with security features like a Fingerprint Reader, IT manageability technologies, and corporate-level service and support.

"Customers want a versatile device that fits their lifestyle and the many ways they use technology," said Dilip Bhatia, vice president and general manager, ThinkPad Business Unit. "Our new ThinkPad Tablet 2 marries incredible hardware and software to give consumers a great device for office, home or travel while also offering companies and IT managers the oversight they need to help secure and manage their company's networks and data. "For the next generation of Lenovo PCs, designed to be great with Windows 8, we're working closer than ever with Microsoft Corp. and our silicon partners. Today we are excited to reveal the fruit of this collaborative co-engineering, the ThinkPad Tablet 2, a joint effort between Lenovo, Microsoft and Intel."

ThinkPad Tablet 2: New Power to Create
Technology like the multi-use ThinkPad Tablet 2 helps manage the increasing overlap between personal and work life today. Based on the upcoming Intel® Atom Processor-based mobile platform and Windows 8 Pro, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 works the way users do across their varied environments. It has an exceptionally thin and light design measuring 9.8 mm thin and weighing less than 600 grams (1.3 pounds), all in a 10.1-inch screen. The versatile tablet supports multiple input methods: multi-finger touch and an optional digitizer and pen, especially good for note taking, capturing signatures and completing forms. The optional ThinkPad Tablet 2 keyboard and dock can be paired with the tablet for more PC-like computing in the office. With an array of ports including a full-size USB port, workers easily can attach existing devices like monitors and printers.

Suited for commuting and in field scenarios, the tablet offers virtually anywhere connectivity and productivity with 3G and 4G wireless models. The tablet serves lifestyle computing uses just as well as business tasks with its package of communications and entertainment features: HD display, front and rear-facing cameras for video conferencing and uploading photos, noise canceling microphones, HDMI port and wireless video streaming.

While users will like the tablet for its aesthetics and powerful features, IT managers will particularly enjoy its security-enhanced and manageability technologies. With the optional Fingerprint Reader, passwords are biometrically stored. The encrypted internal and external storage meet the highest levels of security requirements. Using Windows 8 Pro and the Intel x86 architecture, IT managers can provide for VPN access, utilize existing Windows management tools, manage application deployment and block users from installing certain apps. In addition, Lenovo Services offer a complete suite of packages, including sealed battery warranties, accidental damage protection and custom imaging.

Availability
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be available when Windows 8 launches in October.

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Wow amazing, Windows 8 the best O.S!, good job Lenovo!

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Nice work, see rather then cry about MS they built one that will compete with MS.

Asus are just cry babies.

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That would be Acer, not Asus...

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Oh my bad :(

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I agree though RiCo I saw Acer's whining posts the other day. They are large containing the ACER, Gateway, E-Machines and I think another brand name, but no one likes whiners! To tell ya the truth I ganked my kindle fire to run a clean Android build and can see somewhat how these things are going to take market share. Heck it is only a 7" tablet and not really all that hardware wise but is very easy to use and become accustomed to. Put it this way my 5 year old can use it very well and could the minute she touched it.

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As far as it goes was not IBM which is the father of Lenovo the first to make a slate period so it makes sense.

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Uh, I think you meant IBM was the father of the Thinkpads because Lenovo is a China company that purchased the IBM personal computer division and took over making Thinkpads from IBM but otherwise there is no relationship between the two companies.

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MS started the push for windows Tablets so now lets see what the other companies are made of :)

In the end the users will be the winner because every company is trying to out do each other.

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I have a Thinkpad tablet here that's running Android. If Lenovo managed to screw up its default Win8 image to the same degree it screwed up its Android image, their new tablet is going to be garbage.

But, businesses are going to buy them anyway. What else are they going to get... a PlayBook? BWAHAHAHAHhahahaa....

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