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Lenovo ThinkPad 10 is announced, ready to take on Surface Pro 2

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Lenovo ThinkPad 10 is announced, ready to take on Surface Pro 2
Lenovo has been effective at keeping the ThinkPad brand relevant since buying the PC business from IBM years ago. Since Microsoft got into the computing hardware business with the introduction of the Surface tablets, there has been a lot of discussion about how Microsoft’s hardware partners would respond to that type of competition.

For Lenovo, it was simply a matter of building a new tablet of its own. The ThinkPad 10 is an all business Windows tablet. It runs the full 64-bit Windows 8.1 operating system and its body is made of aluminum while the display is protected by Gorilla Glass.

Lenovo’s new tablet will be available in a variety of configurations to serve the company’s business clientele, but it has a good feature set for anyone that is looking for a tablet with full computing capabilities. The tablet itself has HDMI-out, and one USB 2.0 port. The reason for the 2.0 port on the tablet itself is due to the chipset, however Lenovo is able to provide 2 USB 3.0 ports on the tablet dock, which is a separate accessory. The display is a full HD IPS panel. There is stylus support and Lenovo has a host of accessories available as well.

The tablet is light too, just about 1.3 pounds, which is more than half-a-pound lighter than the Surface Pro 2. That is due to the differences on the inside, as the quad-core Intel Atom 1.6GHz CPU does not have the same cooling necessity of the Surface Pro's i5 processor.  However, that will be an available option for the ThinkPad.

Like the Surface Pro 2, the ThinkPad 10 comes with a digitizer pen. Unlike the Surface Pro 2 however, the Lenovo ThinkPad will have the option to use cellular data connectivity. On the flip side, the ThinkPad will come with memory options of 2GB or 4GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of microSD expandable storage.  There is a pair of cameras on board, a main 8MP sensor and a front facing 2MP unit.

The ThinkPad 10 will be on sale in June. Prices will start at $599 which some Surface shoppers may find appealing. The company has put together an unboxing video, a “first look” video, and a product tour video.

source: Lenovo

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posted on 13 May 2014, 22:39 1

1. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Putting aside the lame Windows RT OS for a moment, the ThinkPad seems pretty good other than the comparatively low resolution screen. Put the Samsung 2560x1600 in the ThinkPad and you'd have something a lot more compelling, hardware-wise.

posted on 14 May 2014, 01:40 3

9. blattlaus (Posts: 70; Member since: 12 Dec 2010)

Its full windows, not WinRT. Its a Baytrail processor.

posted on 14 May 2014, 02:09

10. Peeyushmalik96 (Posts: 75; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)

Yup I am still waiting for Samsung to release an Ativ Q like device in the market

posted on 13 May 2014, 22:44 2

2. Sauce (unregistered)

Why do people fall for these gimmicks? This isn't that bad.. But the SP2….

If you're going to spend $1,800.00 bucks on a scrap metal Surface Pro 2, why not buy a fully functional true laptop like a Macbook or Lenovo or something? I mean heck, for nearly half the price, you can get a gaming laptop from ibuypower.com that would blow that junk out of the water . . .


posted on 13 May 2014, 22:49 1

3. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Form factor and the pen input. A laptop is a far better value than most tablets, no doubt, but drawing, sketching, doodling, etc., are far more enjoyable on a tablet vs. a laptop.

posted on 13 May 2014, 22:56 1

4. Sauce (unregistered)

No doubt about that. But $900.00 to $1,800.00 for this thing is like paying 10 dollars for two regular hot dogs, instead of 4 dollars for one footlong. As in, why spend more on the impractical when you can spend less on the practical.

posted on 13 May 2014, 23:46 2

5. vincelongman (Posts: 5077; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Don't buy gaming laptops, they are terrible value
Especially that one you link, the GT 840M would only capable of playing at low-mid settings 1080p ~30 fps. You get the Lenovo Y50 with GTX 870M for less, or maybe a MSI, ASUS, or GIGABYTE laptop

For $1800
You'd be better of getting a $1000 ultrabook with much better portability and battery life than that "gaming" laptop
And build a $800 desktop with a R9 270X or GTX 760, which would do high-max settings 1080p and ~60 fps

posted on 14 May 2014, 01:35

7. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

It's a good question. Personally, I would not spend a lot of money on a tablet. A $350 tablet such as the Galaxy Note 8 gives you a nice pen drawing experience. Or refurbed Galaxy Note 10.1 2014s were on sale recently for $340. Or for non-pen, the $350 Samsung TabPro 8.4 is a really nice little tablet.

Mostly, I think tablets are hideously overpriced and dysfunctional.

posted on 14 May 2014, 01:39

8. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

the Surface Pro 2 starts at the same price level of most ultrabooks ; does that mean that ultrabooks worthless too ?

posted on 14 May 2014, 00:06

6. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

I highly doubt this is intended to compete with Surface Pro 2

posted on 14 May 2014, 05:24

11. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

this is the best of the Intel Atom CPU tablets. but it will not beat the performance of the microsoft surface Pro 2 because the "Surface Pro 2 has a more powerful CPU the intel
i5 CPU.

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