Lenovo unveils ThinkPad 10: Business tablet with smart accessories

Lenovo unveils ThinkPad 10: Business tablet with smart accessories

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

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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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  • For that price...

    Given that you are probably looking at $150-200 to upgrade to 4gb of ram and 128gb of storage, then add in one or other of the keyboards to make it fully functional for another $120 and $50 for the pen and you might as well get a Surface Pro or a MacBook Air.
    Daishi83
    • By the time you buy accesories

      So by the time you buy things like a keyboard and more memory and storage. You might as well bought a 2 in 1 or a real notebook with a i5 Intel and more storage. This just does not make sense for the money.
      JohnnyES-25227553276394558534412264934521
    • Lenovo unveils ThinkPad 10:

      I would rather carry the W530 laptop around with W7Pro @ twice the price than this junk.
      Alienwilly
  • 1 step behind

    The release cycle for Tablet 2 and now Tablet 10 puts them toward the end of Intels cycle for chips. With new Bay Trail replacements (Cherry Trail and Braswell) expected to be in the market later this year Lenovo will be selling its Bay Trail Tablet 10. With the Clovertrail based Tablet 2 I kept expecting they would refresh to Bay Trail but never did so id expect the same here... They will be selling the Bay Trail Tablet into 2015 while everyone else has moved on to the newer chips.
    greywolf7
  • Price is a problem

    Not sure I would buy this with a Atom CPU over a 2 in 1 or a small notebook with better hardware and more storage for about the same price? A tablet for me is still a second or even third device? For me I bought a Chromebook for less then $250 with a nice keyboard. I can also see buying a small Macbook Air or a 11.6" Windows notebook over the Lenovo.
    JohnnyES-25227553276394558534412264934521
    • Technology disrupting economy

      I think you are very right, the companies wishing to make a profit, they are right as well.
      Not only this tablet, but every tablet should be sold at a fraction of the price of a desktop or a laptop. This will eventually come to be, but when it does no company will have survived and no sum of money will have any meaning.
      Overall, I think it can be a very useful device for the tasks that is designed to do. Here you also see the desperate try of companies to make a profit from sth so ridiculous as memory. It is sold at 51/64/128 gb, really? lol
      Soon very soon 128 gb will be regarded as some .5-1 gb memory sticks.
      They are really racing to squeeze any profit from every little detail they can and I don't blame them.
      prszdn4
  • I could see large businesses distributing these to employees en mass

    The journeyman work slate. It wont excite you but does the job good enough. If only corporate apps were not the behemoth pigs they are... years of lost productivity due to shoddy quick paced development.
    greywolf7
  • backward compatible?

    Will the old docking station work with the new Thinkpad? Is the USB port powerful enough to run peripherals like external hard drives now?

    I bought the old thinkpad 2 because even with accessories, including a docking station and Bluetooth keyboard / mouse, it was less than a surface pro with s touch cover. In my view, the MacBook air or other light ultrabooks should not be considered as direct competitors. I use my old one with the portable keyboard in some meetings and to work on the road, as a tablet when not doing real work (like now) and at baseball games to track team stats, and with the docking station and an external monitor at times. For me, it really is three devices. The pen input has also been magnificent.

    Personally, I pick mine up over my IPad and no longer bother to bring my work laptop on trips. So I get the use case. It is different than an ultrabook.
    ewctcu
  • No 4G/LTE, no sale

    I have a Miix2 8". I find it too limiting without the ability to connect to a cell network. AFAIK, none of the Lenovos - Thinkpads or otherwise - have that option. This new one indicates there is, for the first time, an HSPA+ option, which for me, makes it a contender.
    Ira Seigel
    • That's the key...

      Why MS and the other Windows tablet OEMs have been so slow to incorporate cellular connectivity is baffling. Even beyond that, the few tablets that have had such capabilities have been of the RT variety.
      TroyMcClure
      • nobody cares

        most of us already have a device in our pockets that can provide internet connectivity.

        They've been slow because the market isn't there.

        --------

        And no, I don't consider a comments section indicative of anything. A windows tablet "review" brings out nothing but commenters who a) don't want a tablet b) don't want a windows tablet c) don't want anything but an apple product.

        "I'd rather have my chromebook"
        "I'd rather have my W530"
        "I'd rather have my macbook air"

        Then WHY are you even reading this?
        jsnavely@...
    • Windows Phone 8

      With Windows Phone 8 internet-sharing I simply connect my ASUS T100TA to my phone.
      No need to spend the extra when I always have my phone with me. But that would be a great option for others.
      thekman58
  • Thinkpad Keyboard without Trackpoint?!

    Is it possibly the first Thinkpad-Branded computer without Trackpoint??? I know it is just a keyboard option for a touch-enabled tablet but still - could you imagine a Thinkpad Ultrabook (they all come with touchscreen now) without Trackpoint?!

    Don't go this way, Lenovo. Please!
    mfilipow
  • the power of an image

    The images here are beautiful. Just compare to the horrendous pics of the same thing here:

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2154260/lenovo-unveils-the-thinkpad-10-with-support-for-64-bit-windows-8-1.html

    Night and day.
    ForeverSPb
    • Pictures taken by total amateurs

      This is what improper lighting and inexperienced amateur photography does. Even the best product looks like some second hand crap from craigslist.
      paul2011
  • no prper info

    Why are these reviews so short? no hands on pictures, just a few official.... its more like a teaser with an opinion than a proper technical evaluation...
    DanCun
  • Not powerful enough for MY productivity.

    Screen no close to being large enough either for productivity. 10.1 is way to small. So there's lots of compromises here. When will companies stop pushing this hybrid all in one no compromise hype? Not like these tablet/PCs are selling like hotcakes.
    dave95.
    • yawn

      Curious why you even clicked the link. 10" windows tablet...

      Just trolling the tablet press releases to announce that you don't need a tablet?
      jsnavely@...
  • Finally, a Windows tablet with decent resolution

    Isn't this the first Windows tablet with a resolution greater than 1280 by 800?
    Or perhaps the first from a first-tier maker?
    paul613
  • And is there GPS?

    Or is it deadly sin to include GPS in windows tablets? Even cheapest phones and all other tablets have GPS. Not windows tablets. Never. Not a single tablet with GPS. Is windows going to crash if it sees GPS? Do Microsoft programmers die horrible death or go blind when they see GPS? I guess not. Windows phone can handle GPS. Why not windows tablets?
    paul2011