Today Lenovo announced, the new ThinkPad Tablet 2! This is Lenovo’s first tablet that was designed just for Windows 8, it is also a state of the art device. It is thin and light coming in a just 9.8 millimeters thin and 1.5 pounds. It will have a 10.1 inch LED backlit anti-glare display with IPS technology and HD WXGA technology. It features support for a digital pen and multi-finger touch. It will be running Windows 8 Pro and Intel Atom processor-based mobile platform. It will support 4G LTE on AT&T, 3G HSPA+, and of course you will have WiFi. Data will work on the Lenovo Mobile Access pay-as-you go plans. If security is what you are looking for you can get a Fingerprint Reader(optional) and for even more security you get FW-TPM, VPN Access, and much more. And in the operating system you get IT support technologies and more. In terms of ports you get a mini HDMI, micro SD card slot, USB 2.0, 3.5 millimeter headphone jack, and a docking connector. On the front of the device you also get a 2 megapixel front facing camera with LED, while the back has a 8 megapixel rear shooter with LED Flash, auto focus, and 720pHD video recording. If you want to video chat you do also get a built-in digital microphone with noise cancellation. As of now the accessories that Lenovo has announced are the ThinkPad Tablet 2 keyboard and dock, and the digitizer pen. The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 seems like an awesome device that could work for both business and personal use. While no pricing has been announced yet, it will be available in October of this year when Windows 8 launches. This will surely be a Microsoft Surface competitor, and does have several advantages. Keep in mind that as of now both Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface Tablet both launch on October 26, 2012. And knowing Lenovo the launch of the ThinkPad Tablet 2 can’t be too far behind. We will let you know as soon as more information is announced. In the meantime check out the photo gallery and press release 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 models1, 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® AtomTM 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.
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1Lenovo mobile access available in select countries. 4G only available in the U.S.
2All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.