We are aware of Lenovo being in the process of developing a Windows 8 device named ThinkPad Tablet 2, which would be aimed at the business community. Now we have some hard facts that present us with a clearer picture of the upcoming device.
To begin with, the 10 inch tablet will be debuted towards the end of October, since Microsoft has announced the launch of Windows 8 on the 26th of October. For Lenovo, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 will act as a replacement for the present ThinkPad tablet, which runs on Android.
However, while ThinkPad Tablet 2 will also have a 10 inch display, the new tablet will be a lot different from the one it replaces. It includes a complete change of heart as the new ThinkPad will be powered by an Intel Clove Trail chip and will run Windows 8 Pro. Also, with an Intel chip on-board, the new ThinkPad will be backward compatible with existing Windows programs. This will ensure the tablet will fit into the existing computing scene in a business or home environment without causing any major conflicts.
The tablet will have a 10 inch 1366 x 768 pixel display and will include a camera along the front (2 megapixel) and back (8 megapixel). The tablet will be both 3G and 4G compliant and will come with a battery pack which Lenovo claims will be able to run for 10 hours. Among other features worth mentioning is a microHDMI port for connecting to an external display if required and a full sized USB port. The upcoming ThinkPad has also been provided with a few features that should appeal to the business community. These include an integrated fingerprint scanner along with an optional active digitizer, which means one can also use a digital pen instead of fingers. The tablet will also come pre-installed with IT management software that will enable users to deploy applications remotely or prevent other users from installing any particular application.
As for weight and dimension, the ThinkPad 2 weighs just 1.3 pounds and is just 0.4 inches in thickness.
Lenovo though is yet to come clean on the pricing details. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be up against the Surface Pro along with the glut of Android tablets and pricing can be decisive here if it wishes to be really successful.
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