Lenovo's first ThinkPad Tablet was an Android-powered slate that just received its helping of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in June, but it appears that Lenovo has decided to switch things up a bit for that slate's successor. Lenovo tonight announced the ThinkPad Tablet 2, which is running Windows 8 and will be available when that OS launches in October. Looking at the ThinkPad Tablet 2's face, you'll be greeted by a 10.1-inch 1366x768 IPS display as well as a 2-megapixel camera, and flipping around the back will reveal an 8-megapixel shooter. Also included in the 9.8mm device is an Intel Atom processor, micro-HDMI output and NFC support. Users will also have the option of picking up a ThinkPad Tablet 2 with cellular connectivity, with both 3G and AT&T LTE models planned. No pricing details have been mentioned.
On the accessory side of things, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is compatible with a pen that can be used for things like note-taking and signatures, as well as a keyboard and dock that'll be good for those times when you'd prefer to type on some actual keys rather than a glass screen. Like the ThinkPad Tablet 2 itself, there's no mention of what these accessories may cost.
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 looks like a clean, business-friendly tablet, not unlike the ThinkPad Tablet before it. And while the ThinkPad Tablet 2's price will likely play a role in the purchasing decision for many, the Lenovo name as well as goodies like optional LTE support and a keyboard/dock combo are extras that could sway many towards this device. Until we hear more about the ThinkPad Tablet 2, you can find Lenovo's full announcement of its latest slate down below.
Lenovo Announces New ThinkPad Tablet 2 for Windows 8
Debuts premier table built for professionals and designed for life
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – AUGUST 9, 2012: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today unveiled its first tablet specifically designed for Windows 8, the ThinkPad Tablet 2. The multi-use tablet boasts differentiators that matter, including an optional digitizer and pen for precision input, 3G wireless with Lenovo Mobile Access pay-as-you-go plans and 4G models, along with security features like a Fingerprint Reader, IT manageability technologies, and corporate-level service and support.
"Customers want a versatile device that fits their lifestyle and the many ways they use technology," said Dilip Bhatia, vice president and general manager, ThinkPad Business Unit. "Our new ThinkPad Tablet 2 marries incredible hardware and software to give consumers a great device for office, home or travel while also offering companies and IT managers the oversight they need to help secure and manage their company's networks and data. "For the next generation of Lenovo PCs, designed to be great with Windows 8, we're working closer than ever with Microsoft Corp. and our silicon partners. Today we are excited to reveal the fruit of this collaborative co-engineering, the ThinkPad Tablet 2, a joint effort between Lenovo, Microsoft and Intel."
ThinkPad Tablet 2: New Power to Create
Technology like the multi-use ThinkPad Tablet 2 helps manage the increasing overlap between personal and work life today. Based on the upcoming Intel® Atom Processor-based mobile platform and Windows 8 Pro, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 works the way users do across their varied environments. It has an exceptionally thin and light design measuring 9.8 mm thin and weighing less than 600 grams (1.3 pounds), all in a 10.1-inch screen. The versatile tablet supports multiple input methods: multi-finger touch and an optional digitizer and pen, especially good for note taking, capturing signatures and completing forms. The optional ThinkPad Tablet 2 keyboard and dock can be paired with the tablet for more PC-like computing in the office. With an array of ports including a full-size USB port, workers easily can attach existing devices like monitors and printers.
Suited for commuting and in field scenarios, the tablet offers virtually anywhere connectivity and productivity with 3G and 4G wireless models. The tablet serves lifestyle computing uses just as well as business tasks with its package of communications and entertainment features: HD display, front and rear-facing cameras for video conferencing and uploading photos, noise canceling microphones, HDMI port and wireless video streaming.
While users will like the tablet for its aesthetics and powerful features, IT managers will particularly enjoy its security-enhanced and manageability technologies. With the optional Fingerprint Reader, passwords are biometrically stored. The encrypted internal and external storage meet the highest levels of security requirements. Using Windows 8 Pro and the Intel x86 architecture, IT managers can provide for VPN access, utilize existing Windows management tools, manage application deployment and block users from installing certain apps. In addition, Lenovo Services offer a complete suite of packages, including sealed battery warranties, accidental damage protection and custom imaging.
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be available when Windows 8 launches in October.