Lenovo Bringing Hybrid Windows 8 Tablets to ThinkPad Product Line Soon

Lenovo Hybrid Tablet For Win8

Lenovo launching more hybrid tablets similar to Lenovo ThinkPad.

More Windows 8 tablets, this time from Lenovo – the company is bringing hybrid tablets to Windows 8

Lenovo has announced it will be bringing business-friendly Windows 8 tablets to the ThinkPad line it already offers, which will bear resemblance to the flippable IdeaPad Yoga.

Lenovo currently offers tablet PCs, and offers a convertible model of the ThinkPad X220. The Lenovo hybrid tablets flip back on their hinge rather than swivelling around, like the IdeaPad Yoga. The design also allows the tablet to be used in a few different positions. As MacWorld note, the design may allow the tablet to stand out in a market that is increasingly becoming competitive despite Windows not expected to launch until October. I’ve said before that Microsoft has to focus on a high quality range of tablets versus a large quantity, because most of the devices will get swamped by the iPad during the holidays.

The Metro interface in Windows 8 is being positioned as the half of Windows 8 designed with tablets in mind. The large tile interface, a total change from previous version of Windows, is different compared to what’s out there. It feels like Microsoft is developing an operating that’s different to iOS, which Android felt to be copying, though I’d like to see a Metro-only OS.

Managing quality vs quality

Then again, the millions of customers who will buy Windows 8 or upgrade to it (I’ll be one of those eventually) will buy tablets that aren’t necessarily the iPad if they’re integrated into PCs. The key is can tablets be priced competitively, especially if the rumors of the iPad Mini surface which will cost between $200 and $250. That’s incredibly cheap, and could sell millions with the iPad name attached.

Peter Hortensius, president of Lenovo’s product group, told the Wall Street Journal that the tablets will launch in the next 12 months. I’m guessing that’s the period when we’ll see tablets explode for Windows, because OEMs will try and jump on the rush for the operating system.

The tablets will also come with preinstalled software and better handle Windows-based corporate applications. Whether consumers want hybrid tablets or just tablets remains to be seen: the iPad is selling just fine across three generations of devices.

Published: Friday, May 11th, 2012 Last Modified: May 11, 2012

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