Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2: Windows 8 Pro to go

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2: Windows 8 Pro to go

Summary: Lenovo will be offering a Windows 8 tablet in October when the OS goes live. The ThinkPad brand will bring a full Windows 8 experience to the Tablet 2.

TOPICS: Lenovo, Tablets, Windows
ThinkPad Tablet 2

Windows 8 is coming in October, and the folks at Lenovo will be introducing a ThinkPad Tablet 2 at that time. The Tablet 2 will be sporting an Intel Atom process and Windows 8 Pro, making it a full Windows experience out of the box. There will be an optional keyboard and dock available to turn the Tablet 2 into a full desktop system.

See the full gallery of ThinkPad Tablet 2 press images

The Tablet 2 will be thin (9.8 mm) and light (<1.5 lbs.) and will be the second tablet of the ThinkPad line. The original ThinkPad Tablet (reviewed here) was an Android sporting business tablet with stylus support. The new Tablet 2 leaves Android behind and will be packing full Windows 8 Pro onboard to provide the full ThinkPad experience with optional pen and digitizer.

ThinkPad Tablet 2 full specs:

  • Processor: Intel Atom (unspecified)
  • OS: Windows 8 Pro
  • Display: 10.1-inch IPS, 1366x768, optional digitizer/pen
  • Ports: miniHDMI, audio, microSD slot, USB 2.0, docking connector
  • Sound: stereo, dual-array microphone
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi, 3G HSPA+, LTE (AT&T only), Lenovo Mobile Access (pay as you go)
  • Connectivity: Optional Tablet 2 keyboard and dock
  • Camera: Front 2MP, Rear 8MP
  • Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.5 x .39 inches; 1.3 lbs.

Lenovo is being as coy in reference to pricing for the ThinkPad Tablet 2 as Microsoft is about the Surface tablets so we still have no idea how much these jewels may cost. The exact availability for the Tablet 2 is unknown, as Lenovo is stating "when Windows 8 launches in October".


Topics: Lenovo, Tablets, Windows

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  • Lenovo

    Interesting. So is Lenovo complaining about having to compete with Microsoft's Surface or not?

    The other thing to note I was given the impression that everyone will put out Windows RT on ARM first before the Pro version arrives. If Lenovo can launch in October a full fledged Windows 8 Pro tablet, that means Microsoft is giving the chance for the OEM's to put out business class tablets first.

    Lastly, what Atom are they using? Would be interested to know if it would affect performance as compared to say for example AMD's C60 processor.
    • AMD C-60? Not so fast there

      The C-60 is identical to the Z-01 except that the Z series have a lower TDP and are designed for tablets.

      The C-60 isn't bad for what it is (a really cheap CPU with DX11 graphics), but I'd rather see performance more in line with the E series APU's at the very least.
    • Lenovo


      Microsoft has a jumpstart. They do not have to buy a license.
      Van Der
      • That's not really true.

        They need to buy a license just like everybody else--and, moreover, they will need to pay just as much as everyone else. The Windows division of Microsoft is separate from the CE division, and both need to be profitable on their own. If Windows gave away Windows 8 for free to the CE division, they would be hurting the Windows Division's profitability.

        I understand what you meant, but it doesn't really work that way.

        • I Agree,

          I work in a section of Ford Motor Co in Australia were our plant put the doors, Boot, and hoods together. We bought the panels for one department of Ford and sold them to the assembly plant. Only way to balance the books properly as ever major department is independent.
  • Pro later is just a Surface thing

    Nothing preventing an OEM from releasing a Pro tablet the day Win8 ships (10/26). Microsoft has just chosen not to ship the Pro Surface until January. Whether that is in deference to OEM's or because it's just not ready yet, the world may never know.
    • Bet Hedging

      Probably a concession to the OEM then, because the Pro is most probably what most people out there are waiting for, something that can actually run actual windows program.

    If past Windows tablets are any indication, you're easily looking at 2-hours of battery life (how's that for some Post-PC computing).

    As far as processing power, Intel will provide a 22 nanometer Atom processor.

    We've seen the Atom processing power in Netbooks, and let's just say that it's not reassuring.

    For example, if you plan on Photoshopping or playing serious games...then DON'T PLAN ON IT.



    Lastly, as far as Microsoft Office goes, it's only SEMI-WRITTEN for touch, in a half-retarded, Frankenstein sort of way.
    • 4/10, not very good trolling

      Try again.
    • move the stone around and get some air

      you have been living under it for long time, the world has moved past
    • How do we buy computers

      here I have put together a tutorial for you to learn:

      "How do we buy computers"

      1- We assess what we want to do with it

      2- We check what requirements can answer those needs

      3- We select the hardware based on those requirements

      Conclusion: Dear unaware consumer, If you want to use Photoshop and the like, you need to buy a more powerful tablet which uses i3 or i5 CPUs.
      • Tablets are a great device with a full Windows.

        I know, I have one running Win 7 with Atom CPU but like most device's. "The right tool for the right job" and your silly comment re: Photoshop makes no sense at all. Pretty sure 99% of Photoshop users wouldn't bother with a tablet.
        • So you're basing your look on these tablets

          on crappy Atom tablets?
          Michael Alan Goff
        • Just so you'll know

          Atom processors aren't as crappy as they used to be, and Windows 8 is leaner than Windows 7, that was what I was alluding to with my post. Wish they still had the edit button.
          Michael Alan Goff
          • Also...

            Atom processors easily outperform their ARM equivalents anyway (as CPU's) so I'm not quite sure where the original comment was steering?
          • Atoms used to be horrible

            People seem to base their logic on yester-year.
            Michael Alan Goff
    • This is why MSFT shouldn't ditched the "Atom" brand name...

      The Valley View and (in 2013) Balboa Pier Atom processors are much different than those of yesteryear. Valley View can run Skyrim at medium settings--can your 2011 Atom netbook do that?
    • Old tablet pc

      I used to have a tablet pc from Lenovo and I got about 8 hours of battery life (I did have the extended battery though). The only bad thing was it cost be about $2500. It was a damn nice laptop though.
      Sam Wagner
  • Intel Atom and Windows 8?

    • It could be worse

      It could be Atom and OS X or Linux.

      I'm really looking forward to these tablets. For the first time ever, the world will truly get to experience a tablet that can handle real work.