Lenovo unveils ThinkPad 10: Business tablet with smart accessories

Summary:The latest tablet in the ThinkPad line has Windows 8 covered from every angle.

The ThinkPad brand is not all about laptops as the latest addition demonstrates. The ThinkPad 10 is a Windows 8 tablet that has everything you expect from Lenovo, and then some.

ThinkPad 10
Image: Lenovo

Lenovo has announced the ThinkPad 10 along with a line of accessories designed to ready the slate for the mobile worker. These include a cover and a couple of keyboard options that turn the ThinkPad 10 into a full ThinkPad laptop.

Hardware specs:

Processor Intel Atom Processor Z3795 SoC Quad Core
Display 10.1” (1,920 x 1,200) IPS
Memory 2GB/4GB
Storage 51GB/64GB/128GB
Cameras Front: 2MP; Rear: 8MP
Wireless Wi-fi a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0; HSPA+ (optional)
Ports MicroHDMI; USB 2.0; MicroSD slot, audio
Dimensions 256.5mm x 177mm x 8.95mm (10.09in x 6.96in x 0.35in); weight 598gm (1.31lbs)
Battery Up to 10 hours
Operating system Windows 8.1; Windows 8.1 Pro

At only 1.3 pounds, the ThinkPad 10 is a mobile solution that brings optional pen support to the conference table. With the latest Bay Trail technology, the tablet should be a reasonable performer while getting a claimed 10 hours of use on a battery charge.

The ThinkPad 10 is the successor of the ThinkPad Tablet 2, a tablet I found to be the best Windows tablet of its time . It's thin and light, a requirement for providing a good user experience as a tablet. It's the bigger sibling of the ThinkPad Tablet 8 which impressed me when I reviewed it.

"Customers want a versatile device that adapts to their way of life and offers uncompromised productivity whether in the office or on the move,” said Luis Hernandez, vice president and general manager, ThinkPad, Lenovo. “Our new ThinkPad 10 tablet marries business optimized features with a unique multimode design to offer an exceptional computing experience that allows users to work, play and create in virtually any environment. ThinkPad 10 is engineered for quality you can touch and measure and is designed to adapt to be what you need, when you need it."

ThinkPad 10 Ultrabook keyboard
ThinkPad 10 Ultrabook Keyboard Image: Lenovo

Lenovo understands that Windows tablets need good keyboard options to take full advantage of the operating system. It's offering two options, an "Ultrabook" laptop dock that turns the ThinkPad 10 into a laptop when desired.

ThinkPad 10 Touchcase
ThinkPad 10 Touchcase Image: Lenovo

The second keyboard option is a portfolio case with flat keys, similar to the Touch Cover of the Surface tablets. There is a loop on this case for the pen that is optional with the ThinkPad 10.

ThinkPad 10 accessories and prices:

  • ThinkPad 10 Ultrabook Keyboard: $129
  • ThinkPad 10 Tablet Dock: $119
  • ThinkPad 10 Quickshot cover: $59
  • ThinkPad 10 Rugged Case: $69 (available in summer)
  • ThinkPad 10 Touch Case: $119 (available in summer)

The ThinkPad 10 will be available in June starting at $599.

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Topics: Mobility, Lenovo, Tablets, Windows 8

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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