Lenovo announces the ThinkPad for Windows 8, an x86 tablet that’s super-thin and hitting the market before Surface. We think it looks great, and here’s why you should.
I like Windows 8. I like (good) tablets. So I’ll probably like Windows 8 Tablets, including Lenovo’s ThinkPad for Windows 8
If there’s a form factor I’m anticipating around the launch of Windows 8, it’s tablets. Windows 8 is being designed to work well on the form factor Apple has popularized, and Lenovo’s ThinkPad is a device I am going to be keeping on my radar.
AT&T 3G and LTE models will be available, a keyboard, dock, and what Lenovo calls the digitizer, along with a Wi-Fi-only model. An awesome name for a simple stylus, something I may use with the desktop side of Windows 8.
It weighs 1.3 pounds and has a 10.1-inch display, is just 9.8mm thick, and Lenovo claims it has 10 hours battery life. Windows 8 uses less resources because it’s designed for mobile devices, so 10 hours seems like a realistic estimation.
The thin design and functionality is an aspect I’m looking for in a tablet, and Lenovo could have a compelling device if it can create a product competitive with the iPad
Lenovo is bullish about the ThinkPad’s prospects: it describes the device as the tablet the industry has been waiting for. Lenovo definitely wants to create a tablet and portable PC without and with the attachable keyboard respectively. The keyboard uses keys from Lenovo’s ultrabooks, so it’s going to feel like a laptop. It’s an aspect that could attract consumers to the device over the iPad when a keyboard is needed, one of the few use cases where Windows 8’s desktop mode may be welcomed.
Lenovo is saying the device launches October. Perhaps it’ll launch October 26 alongside Windows 8, before Surface Pro launches in 2013. Pricing is also unconfirmed.