The "1-Minute" Review
The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is tagged as “redefining business” as it is aimed squarely at business-types who want to get work done without being tied down to a desktop or even a laptop computer. Unlike many other tablets that are available on the market today, it won’t run a mobile operating system like iOS or Android. Instead, it will come with Windows 8 Pro pre-installed and will utilize an Intel Atom processor with 2GB of RAM to give users the full mobile desktop experience.
Lenovo plans on releasing the ThinkPad Tablet 2 to take on the current tablet market leader, the Apple iPad, from a business user’s standpoint. It will have the ability to run not only full versions of PC software programs but Metro apps as well, and it boasts useful features such as full-size USB support, HDMI-out, and a whole host of wireless options that include Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G LTE.
The 10.1-inch touchscreen display on this Lenovo tablet has a native resolution of 1366x768, which means it will be more than capable of displaying 720p HD content. It also packs dual cameras and a full-size SD card slot along with all the other features mentioned above while weighing in at just 600 grams and measuring 9.8mm thick.
Perhaps the best thing about the device is the fact that it comes with a keyboard dock that gives it extra features such as additional USB ports, a full-size Ethernet port, and a standard ThinkPad keyboard with fully-functioning UltraNav navigation key. This is part of what makes it truly capable of being a full-size laptop replacement.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is expected to become available in October 2012 when Microsoft finally releases Windows 8 to the market.
Need To Know: Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2
1. The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 will run full versions of desktop software programs with Windows 8 Pro. (The Good)
2. The keyboard dock comes with a standard ThinkPad keyboard and UltraNav key for user input and menu navigation. (The Good)
3. Lenovo’s use of x86 hardware on the ThinkPad Tablet 2 makes it incompatible with Android software, a strong possible alternative to Microsoft’s Windows 8. (The Bad)
4. Even the combined forces of Lenovo, Intel, and Microsoft appears inadequate to conjure up a true iOS ecosystem alternative as the Windows Marketplace is lagging behind in terms of available software programs. (The Bad)