Did you forget about Microsoft Surface? You might not if you’re a regular tech rider because such a big wave was stimulated by Microsoft Surface on tech world those days. Main feature of that device was that the device is running on Microsoft Windows 8 which is to public debut on October 26 having both PC and Tablet PC support. And so lots of computing devices running on Windows 8 are also expected in October which will take advantage of touch friendly and very smooth features that Microsoft team have included in their latest Operating System. Hope you’ve read our posts about Microsoft Surface Tablet PC and its awesome features as to compete with other Tablet PCs available on the tech market.
Lenovo has just announced their latest tablet PC named ‘Thinkpad.’ The name may be familiar to you but the new Lenovo Thinkpad 2 is different from the old which was running on Google’s Android. Lenovo Thinkpad 2 can be listed Windows 8 powered tablet PCs which are going to be out after the official launch of Windows 8 OS. Using Windows 8’s awesome feature, Lenovo Thinkpad 2 is a powerful tablet designed for variety of application in daily life. By shifting the working platform of tablet, they’re rebuilding the total concept of tablet computing in Lenovo.
Features and Performance
Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 is running on Windows 8 as mentioned before. Apart from two versions of Microsoft Surface, the device is having a complete Windows 8 professional OS along with Next-gen Intel Atom processor packed inside. ThinkPad doesn’t compromise with features and performance even with Atom Processor. Tablet’s interface seems to be more responsive and works well with metro UI. Multi-touch gestures are also responsive in ThinkPad which shows that the performance of ThinkPad is incredible. Users can control the screen with fingers and stylus. In that hand, Windows 8’s touch-friendly features are actually influencing the device in a higher extend.
This device is expected to have a special development such that it can easily integrate into existing features and internet IT structures which are now separated in Desktop and Mobile devices. VPN Access and Internal/External encrypted storage is also offered by this device. While addition of Lenovo’s own ‘Lenovo Mobile Access’ NFC, TPM Security, and Fingerprint reader will be making the device nicer to work in various environments.
Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 has a thickness of 9.8 millimeter which includes promising and impressing features in it. 10.1 inch Touch Display in the device takes advantage of Windows 8’s touch friendly user interface. ThinkPad is weighing 1.3 pounds along with its slimmer design. And so, it will be a portable Tablet PC. Antiglare 10.1 inch IPS display of ThinkPad is having a 16:9, 1366*768 pixel resolution which works great with most of Windows based laptops. In these conditions, Windows 8 looks much more functional in both Metro and Standard user Interfaces.
Connectivity options have become main criteria when criticizing tablets PCs as well as smartphones. ThinkPad consist of 3G Wireless connectivity, 4G (Selected Models) along with Lenovo’s Mobile Access pay-as-you-go plans. Apart from these wireless things, ThinkPad has acquired a mini-HDMI connectivity option, headphone jack, Micro-SD Card slot along with docking connector for keyboards and other accessories to work with. Near Field Communication (NFC) and Smart Card also comes with ThinkPad. Rather than just a tablet PC, ThinkPad can be considered as a nice teleconferencing device just because of that they’ve included a 8 Megapixel rear facing camera and 2 Megapixel front facing camera. Video recording and conferencing will take advantage of noise cancelling microphone that comes with ThinkPad.
Other Noticeable Features & Accessories
Lenovo has included an optional digitizer and pen which can provide simple handwriting and drawing along with on-screen keyboard input. The pen can be kept at the right side of the tablet itself, which is making the device easier to use.
Various accessories are available for ThinkPad is available. The most useful one is the docking keyboard which could convert Tablet PC to a Laptop or Net book Experience. Obviously the experience will be great since users are already familiar with Windows. Mentioned portable keyboard also features a track point for mouse like navigation. Desktop dock is also available for ThinkPad so that users can connect Tablet PC to their desktop PC or other display peripherals. A folio like sleeve is making the device easier to carry along with keyboard.
Verdict: While considering those features and specifications of Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, it seems that ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be a true competitor for all existing tablet PC’s including iPad and expected Microsoft Surface. We can also conclude that ThinkPad can provide more functionality than Apple iPad which can reach near to that of a Laptop.
Lenovo ThinkPad is expected to be launched on October 26 or near to that, the very same date when Windows 8 is getting unveiled. No details have been out regarding the price of Lenovo ThinkPad but it should be the final factor which decides the future of ThinkPad. Features show that ThinkPad is enough to be a rival to iPad rather than just a competitor. But if they aren’t setting up an affordable price, there is no assurance of being a real rival to iPad. Anyhow, let’s see how Lenovo ThinkPad can be effective in Tablet PC World.