On October 26, Windows 8 will officially arrive on the market. On or after that date a few hardware makers will be launching tablets powered by Microsoft’s latest operating system.
Lenovo is one of those companies, and it looks like it’s hard at work on its first Windows 8 tablet. It will be ThinkPad-branded, by the way. Just like its Android-powered predecessor, it will try to bring a business focus into the tablet world.
Interestingly, Lenovo’s ThinkPad tablet will be powered by an Intel processor. So it won’t be running Windows 8 RT, rather Windows 8 Pro. That’s the ‘normal’ x86 version of the OS, so presumably you’ll be able to run all your usual Windows apps on this tablet.
The new ThinkPad tablet will have a 10.1-inch 1366×768 IPS touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front-facing camera, 64 GB of built-in storage, 2 GB of RAM, optional fingerprint reader and NFC, mini HDMI, 3.5 mm combo mic/headphone jack, microSD slot, USB 2.0, LTE/HSPA+ (optional), GPS, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, and a 10-hour battery. It’s going to be 9.8 mm thin and will weigh 650 grams.
The only unknown hardware element is the processor, but it will be an Intel Core part. Lenovo’s probably still thinking about which specific SKU it will use.
Lenovo will also launch a range of accessories for this tablet, including the keyboard dock you see above. This will even have the famous ThinkPad optical trackpoint. A ‘Precise Pen’ will also be offered.
The big question, of course, is how much this is going to cost. And we still don’t know. We’ll keep you posted though.
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