Lenovo's ThinkPad tablet range to leverage Windows 10 launch

In anticipation of the launch of Windows 10, Lenovo has introduced the ThinkPad 10, an enterprise table with the latest version of Windows, and signed a partnership with Microsoft.

Building on its existing ThinkPad line, Lenovo has added the ThinkPad 10, an enterprise tablet with Windows 10 and discrete Trusted Platform Module encryption.

Lenovo has claimed during Tech World 2015 the 10-inch tablet has been designed to replicate a PC experience, and therefore can be attached to the ThinkPad 10 folio keyboard, or the ultrabook keyboard. Another key enhancement feature is giving users the option to use the ThinkPad Pen Pro with Writeit, an application that allows users to write with the pen that coverts handwriting into text. The company also boasted it has nearly 10 hours of battery life.

The ThinkPad 10 will be available worldwide in August 2015 starting at US$549.

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Lenovo APAC president Rod Lappain said on Tuesday the company's is well positioned to see more growth in the tablet market, where the company currently holds a 5.4 percent global market share.

"Even though the market is declining 23 percent year on year, and it's not a surprise, we're very appeased with what is happening in the tablet and PC market. If you think back when many thought tablets were going to take over PCs, it's not going to because the user base model is changing, and we've continued to hold our ground," he said.

In other PC news, Lenovo and Microsoft have announced a partnership to bring Microsoft's Cortana together with Lenovo's Reachit as a way to extend the search capabilities for Lenovo's Windows 10 devices, and a user's personal cloud services.

Using a unique user-assigned Lenovo ID, Cortana and Reachit will together access data about the content to retrieve a user's personal content, including photos, video, files, and emails. The partnership would potentially search a user's personal cloud accounts, including services beyond Microsoft and Windows such as Google Drive and Dropbox.

At the same time, users will be able to access their files remotely on other Lenovo devices, simply by asking Cortana statements such as: "Find the picture I edited last week on my ThinkPad X1 Carbon", or "Cortana find the picture I worked on at Starbucks last week".

Cortana and Reachit will be available as a beta when Windows 10 launches mid-year.

Lenovo has also turned its focus onto home entertainment, launching its first media casting device to allow users to transfer their experiences on their personal devices, whether it is their smartphones or tablets, onto the big screen.

The pocket size device can be plugged into any large screen device's HDMI port, and can use to transfer content up to 20 metres through its dual frequency Wi-Fi to any DLNA or Miracast-enabled tablet or smartphone.

The Lenovo Cast will begin shipping in August worldwide for US$49.

Disclosure: Aimee Chanthadavong travelled as a guest of Lenovo.

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