If you’re wondering how OEMs are going to compete with Microsoft’s own Surface tablet, here you go. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the ThinkPad line, Lenovo, which bought the brand from IBM in 1995, unveiled its first Windows 8 tablet, the ThinkPad Tablet 2. It’s a full-size 10.1-inch tablet with “differentiators that matter,” like an optional digitizer pen, 3G wireless with pay-as-you-go plans, and 4G models.
Like Surface, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 boasts Intel inside, only Lenovo opted to go with the Santa Clara chip maker’s upcoming Atom refresh. That means it’s going to be less powerful than Microsoft’s Ivy Bridge-infused Surface, and undoubtedly less expensive, though Lenovo apparently isn’t ready to reveal any pricing details just yet.
According to Lenovo, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 measures 9.8mm thick and weighs less than 1.3 pounds. An optional keyboard and dock can be paired with the device, which would add an array of ports including a full-size USB port. The keyboard is in the traditional ThinkPad styling with indented and curved keycaps, along with a center nub to control the on-screen pointer.
Look for Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 2 to launch on or around the same day as Windows 8.
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