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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 running Windows 8 Pro targets enterprise

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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 running Windows 8 Pro targets enterprise
We've been waiting to see some manufacturers announce their Windows 8 tablets, and today Lenovo answered the call by announcing its ThinkPad Tablet 2, which will be running Windows 8 Pro, and will be available "when Windows 8 launches in October". Unfortunately, since it wasn't part of Lenovo's announcement, there is still no pricing available for Windows 8 tablets. 

The ThinkPad Tablet 2 was designed as "a joint effort between Lenovo, Microsoft and Intel", and it looks pretty nice. It will be thinner and lighter than the Microsoft Surface Pro at 9.8mm (.385") and 600g (~1.3lbs), compared to 13.5mm (.53") and 900g (~2lbs). It will have a similar keyboard dock and stylus as optional accessories. 

And, most telling of all is that the announcement is that Lenovo is clearly targeting enterprise. We fully expected that the enterprise market was Microsoft's aim with Windows 8 tablets, but this really does prove it. Lenovo doesn't waste any time in getting to features that IT managers would enjoy like a Fingerprint scanner for security, front and rear cameras "for video conferencing", the stylus for "capturing signatures and completing forms", and 3G/4G connections for "productivity anywhere". 

It seems pretty likely that the first run of Windows 8 tablets are designed with enterprise in mind, so we'll have to keep that in mind as we analyze any future announcements. It will be interesting to see if any manufacturers directly target the consumer market. 

source: Lenovo

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posted on 10 Aug 2012, 13:17 2

1. Penny (Posts: 1672; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

I love the idea of a fingerprint scanner on a mobile device, especially for enterprise. Secure, quick, and easy to use. Used to have it on an old Lenovo laptop and much preferred using it to sign in over a password.

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 13:32 1

2. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

If this has a couple USB 3.0 ports and some sort of portable keyboard, it'll be a beast.

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 13:54

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Talking about laptop ? :D

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 15:09

4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2721; Member since: 26 May 2011)

It has an optional keyboard, and it has at least one full USB port, but the release doesn't say if it's 3.0 or not.

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 18:01

6. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

Nice! Thanks.

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 15:49

14. MunchausenByProxy (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

The USB on the Tablet is reported to be 2.0. There are three USB ports on the dock, but haven't seen anything yet indicating if they are 2.0, 3.0, or a mix.

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 15:12 1

5. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

in other words it will cost 899

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 20:40 1

8. MeoCao (unregistered)

That's where problem is, MS will colect handsome license fees.

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 16:06

16. MunchausenByProxy (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

No doubt price will be a huge factor. Still, there are a lot of vested interests between Lenovo, Microsoft & Intel for this to be a game changer, so they are likely to try keeping their profit margins small to be competitive. Hopefully Lenovo will have learned a lesson after seeing how the Android tablets priced themselves high when entering the market and were rewarded with only a luke-warm reception. And Lenovo has historically shown a much lower acceptable profit margin when they want to capture market share.

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 20:39

7. MeoCao (unregistered)

I guess the resolution is not good. But this is very interesting news b-c Windows tablets will have very good chance b-c of the strong ecosystem.

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 15:57

15. MunchausenByProxy (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Not bad resolution, but not great either. I consider it acceptible, and will provide full 720p for movie/video playback.

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 23:49

9. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

wwow.. so excited about this!! :)

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 01:43 1

10. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

This is your future laptop replacement where you only need a keyboard or keyboard dock

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 05:30

11. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1584; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Now that Lenovo has come out swinging I look for Samsung , Asus, Dell and HP to show what they have to offer within 4 weeks because they want t the Public to know that they will have Windows tablets going to the market place too. but do not look for any of them to tell you what they will cost until October the Launch date of Windows 8

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 09:31

12. boblight (Posts: 84; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)

I really think that the Surface has really inspired Lenovo to come out with such a nice tablet. I know that it may be targeted for enterprise only, but hey, who wants to work with an ugly tablet? Anyway, other companies should follow suit like Lenovo, taking the Surface as a standard set by Microsoft, and not whine and complain bout it (i.e Acer). Really am looking forward to what new innovations Windows 8 will bring when it comes out.!

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 10:39

13. myclevername (Posts: 94; Member since: 07 Jun 2010)

Is Acer locked out of Windows 8 for now? Is that why they are bitching a fit?

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 16:47

17. MunchausenByProxy (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Only if they want to be. I think Acer got caught with their intended product offering for a Win8 tablet to be inferior to the Surface. So all they could do was bitch at Microsoft because their product development and marketing reports have completely missed the mark. Acer should stop crying and start bringing quality products to market.

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