The new Ultrabooks, ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad T430u aren’t the only product offering coming from Lenovo this fall. The company has also announced the 2nd generation ThinkPad Tablet 2 which will run on Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 Pro operating system.
In an interview given to ABC News’s Joanna Stern, Lenovo vice president and general manager of the ThinkPad business unit, Dilip Bhatia introduced both the X1 Carbon Ultrabook and the new Windows 8 tablet.
The first ThinkPad tablet was an Android device which was aimed at the general consumers. The Windows 8 ThinkPad tablet 2 on the other hand is a more serious device which will be targeted towards business users.
From what Mr Bhatia said, it seems not every Microsoft OEM shares Acer CEO JT Wang’s hostile point of view towards Microsoft Surface tablet. Responding to the interviewer’s question regarding Lenovo’s stance on the Surface tablet, Mr Bhatia said, “Microsoft is a strategic partner for us. The Surface has brought more excitement to the marketplace. The ThinkPad tablet is focused after the business individual; the Surface is more geared towards the consumer offering,”
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 will run on Intel’s next generation Atom chip and will operate the Pro version of Windows 8, allowing users to run every Windows software available, old and new. ARM based Windows 8 tablets on the other hand will only support newer apps.
The ThinkPad tablet 2 has a 10.1 inch touch surface and is only 9.8 mm thick. The tablet also provides a USB port and of course, being a ThinkPad tablet, it even comes with a digital pen. The digital pen slides in at the top right corner of the tablet and will be great for taking notes. The company has also revealed that separate keyboards will be sold separately.
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 will also be launched in October when Windows 8 will be brought out. Official prices have not been announced yet and all they have said is, they will be competitive.
Source: ABC News