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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

10/22/2012 9:51:43 AM

With Windows 8 launching next month, all manner of tech is waiting to make the most of this new, touch-friendly face. First to the shelves (alongside Microsoft’s own Surface tablets) is Lenovo, with a typically businesslike slate…

Price: TBA

Website: Lenovo.com

There are two kinds of Windows 8: RT, which runs on the type of chips inside iOS and Android devices, and Pro, which runs on meatier tablets and desktops. The ThinkPad runs Pro, so it’ll be able to run full-fat desktop software – including the huge back catalogue of programs compatible with previous versions of Windows.

Description: Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

The Lenovo is all work and not much play: its onboard graphics won’t handle anything more than basic games and its 1366 x 768 display will be nice enough to use for a movie on the plane but not so good that you’ll want to stay on it when you get home.

Windows 8’s swipey, tile-based UI is made to be touched, but actual work involves an old-fashioned skill called ‘typing’. With that in mind Lenovo is offering a keyboard dock/ stand (with that ThinkPad stalwart, the tracking nubbin), as well as a pressure-sensitive stylus for singing, scribbling or scrawling

Microsoft’s Surface may come in all kinds of bright colors, but have you ever seen a businessman in a bright pink suit? True to years of classic ThinkPad design language, this tab is a formal grey. It’s no fat banker, though at a whisker under 10 mm thick and slightly lighter than an iPad, it packs Windows 8 into a svelte space.

The ThinkPad’s brain is an Intel Atom chip. That means it’s got less power than the Intel Core chips you’ll find in laptops and Ultrabooks, but much better battery life. As a matter of fact, Lenovo says you’ll get 10 hours of proper desktop computing from the Tablet 2. That makes it ideal for business trips.

Stuff says

Desktop performance with a 10 hour battery life? We’ll put one on expenses

Tech specs

Display 10.1 in IPS (1366 x 768)

OS Windows 8 Pro

CPU Intel Atom (Clover Trail)

Memory 64GB SSD, 2GB RAM

Camera 8MP (rear); 2MP (front)

Connectivity 3G/4G (optional), HDMI-out, MicroSD, NFC, USB, WI-Fi b/g/n

Battery 10 hours

Alternatively…

Asus Tablet 810

Price: $tba

Website: uk.asus.com

Description: Asus Tablet 810

Asus Tablet 810

With near-identical specs to the ThinkPad, Asus is taking its phenomenally successful Transformer design to work. Asus has shown the world how type-friendly tablets are done. Lenovo has some catching up to do.

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