Lenovo Announces ThinkPad Tablet 2 Powered By Windows 8

Press Release:

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.

Availability     The ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be available when Windows 8 launches in October.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-IamTiger-Lee/1226295331 Anthony IamTiger Lee


  • alukard

    Why is October so far away?

    • namikral

      every year we want some quarter to come very quickly just to get some new gear, unaware that we are slowly getting old and dying. but I agree with your comment.

      • AaronDotNET

        Way to kill my morning buzz.

        • Bugbog

          Yep to everything in this thread so far! :) :( :) :S

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Milad-Bazzaz/100000479683479 Milad Bazzaz

    this looks like its better than the Surface Pro. Lenovo has it right, there is a reason why they get better and better.

    10 hours battery life on x86 would shock me though. This is much thinner than the Surface Pro too. Either the surface has 15 hours battery life or Microsoft really isn’t a hardware expert.

    • http://twitter.com/pierrerv Pierre Venescar

      Dude, better than Surface Pro? 15 hour battery life?

    • mharr

      This should not be compared to Surface Pro, but to Surface RT. Surface Pro is x86 processor, and will be more like laptop replacement, where this device and Surface RT are Atom and more lighter, longer battery life devices.

      • Bugbog

        Why not? It may be as light as an ARM device, but the Atom is an x86 processor and, going by its targeted market, it is a Windows 8 Pro device! (And where on earth did you hear that Surface RT’s will be using Atom? The RT’s will all be ARM, using either Nvidia Tegra, Texas TI, or Qualcomm!)

    • makavelli_jrw

      I am sorry but you cannot compare because the Surface Pro will be using an Intel Core i5 processor. So there is no comparison other than how much it can leave it in the dust when it comes to running applications.

  • http://twitter.com/counterblow the person

    i guess, unlike other manufacturers, Lenovo wasn’t afraid to bring this bad boy out cause it is better than the Surface Pro. If they compete on price it will be a win for Microsoft cause it shows vendors can still thrive in this environment with Microsoft competing.

    • Bugbog

      Exactly! Although I’m in no way attracted to this particular unit, it does seem like a very good release, with above par specs, and a targeted market segment!

      The first such product comparable to the Surface devices! Now other OEM’s should put up, or shut up!

  • tropolite

    nice – I like the pen being able to be inserted and locked in the device. 10hrs on an Atom chip.. ? hmmm. I’d like to see that. good looking device Lenovo

  • Emi Cyberschreiber

    Compared with Surface design… well Surface looks soooo much better. from the device to the keyboards and such.
    But of course its nice to see they bringing windows 8 tablets to market.. you know not complaining like other companies with silly excuses.
    all this will benefit windows 8 and microsoft, but of course i dont like this unit, i still would choose surface over this any day.