Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 for Windows 8 gets official with Intel Atom CPU. Windows RT version rumored
Lenovo’s new ThinkPad tablet is now official. After having had its details leaked at the beginning of the month, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 for Windows 8 is ready to become one of the first tablets to run Microsoft’s new operating system. And it will do so when Windows 8 launches in October.
Unfortunately, pricing details aren’t available yet. But we do know that all the info in the aforementioned extensive leak seems to have panned out. This is a Windows 8 Pro tablet, meaning it will run the ‘full’ x86 version of the OS, complete with Intel Atom processor. So all your normal Windows apps should run just fine on this device.
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 has a fingerprint reader and optional digitizer and pen. There will also be an optional keyboard dock, turning this tablet into quite the competitor for both Microsoft’s own Surface line of tablets as well as Android-powered offerings such as the Asus Transformer series.
3G and 4G connectivity will be offered too. The new ThinkPad tablet will have a 10.1-inch HD touchscreen, rear as well as front-facing cameras, noise-cancelling microphones, and will weigh 600 grams and be 9.8 mm thin. A full size USB port is in there, as is an HDMI port.
Lenovo is keen to stress that because this is an x86 affair, “IT managers can provide for VPN access, utilize existing Windows management tools, manage application deployment and block users from installing certain apps”.
Apparently though, this Windows 8 Pro tablet isn’t the only new device that Lenovo will release in October when Windows 8 will arrive on the market.
According to the rumor du jour, the Chinese company is also hard at work on a Windows RT tablet. That’s the ARM-based version of Windows 8, and Lenovo will use an Nvidia processor for that model (probably the quad-core Tegra 3).
This Windows RT tablet will also be a convertible model, “with a keyboard that flips around to turn the product into a tablet”. Again, one more competitor for Microsoft Surface, Asus’ line, and the likes.
Speaking of Asus, it too is expected to be in the first ‘wave’ of manufacturers allowed by Microsoft to launch Windows RT tablets this year. Back in July we told you that only a few hardware makers are going to join Microsoft in releasing RT tablets in 2012. Alongside Lenovo, Asus, and obviously Microsoft itself, Toshiba and Samsung are also on that list. Everyone else will have to wait until January 2013 when Microsoft’s restrictions will be lifted.