The price and the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 release date have been officially given out by the company and most importantly, the slate has gone up for purchase in the US. The expected ship date for the device is listed for the second week of January 2013.
The version being spoken of is the Wi-Fi only model. The news of it going up for grabs was recently reported by Engadget. This piece of hardware is powered by the latest Windows platform, not the tablet specific RT version. Measuring 9.8mm thick, it fits in the latest Intel Atom SOC which goes about carrying the Z2760 moniker. The processor comes with a base frequency of 1.5GHz and it can go up to 1.8GHz in burst mode. It features dual cores and four threads for a smooth experience along with HD SGX545 graphics that support DX9 and 1080p video.
The front panel is home to a HD WXGA LED backlit IPS anti-glare panel that measures 10.1-inches wide. Tucked away beneath it are 64GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. A 2MP webcam helps in commencing video calls, while an 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash can record clips and capture images. On a single charge, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is capable of delivering 25 days of standby, 150 hours of MP3 playback when the LCD is off or 10 hours of video streaming in 720p HD.
Potential buyers in the US will be able to pick up the slate with a host of optional accessories. For starters, the stylus carries a $24.99 cost. The company-made Bluetooth keyboard comes for $120, while the tablet’s official keyboard and stand is available for $101.99. The dock alone is tagged at $99.99.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is now available for purchase in the US and the company is offering it in 3 versions. The first option retails for $649 which includes the slate only, while the second one is selling for $679 tagging along a digitizer pen. While both aforementioned devices run on Windows 8, the $729 variant with the stylus operates on Windows 8 Pro.
Here’s a quick glance at the key specifications:
– Platform: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro
– Display: 10.1-inch 16:9 HD WXGA 1366 x 768p multi-touch IPS panel
– Processor: Intel Atom Z2760 1.5GHz
– Memory: 2GB LPDDR2 RAM, 64GB eMMC onboard storage, microSD card slot
– Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, DLNA, HDMI
– Dimensions: 262.6mm x 164.6mm x 9.8mm
– Weight: 585g
– Battery: 30Wh 2-cell Li-Polymer