Microsoft may have stirred up the tablet market with its home brewed slates, but that hasn’t stopped devices like the Windows 8-powered Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 from entering the battlefield. Designed for professionals, it packs in various corporate-oriented features such as a fingerprint reader and IT manageability technologies.
The processor powering up this slab is one of the upcoming Intel Atom CPUs. A 10.1-inch HD touchscreen delivers visuals along with front and rear-facing cameras. There’s also an HDMI port for external display connectivity as well as noise canceling microphones for voice communication. The tablet is designed with a 9.8mm thin profile and weighs less than 600 grams; that’s 1.3 pounds.
“Customers want a versatile device that fits their lifestyle and the many ways they use technology,” states 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.”
To enhance productivity, users will be able to connect the tablet to an optional keyboard dock for a PC-like experience. Additionally, a digitizer pen is also among the peripheral choices for more precise input through the multi-touch panel. Lenovo has thrown in a full-size USB port for hooking up the slate to external devices like monitors and printers, while 3G and 4G wireless modules get users online when Wi-Fi connectivity isn’t available.
While the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 price details haven’t been officially announced, its release date is expected to fall sometime during October, once the Windows 8 platform hits availability status.