Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 running Windows 8 Pro targets enterprise

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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17 Comments

1. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

2. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

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

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Talking about laptop ? :D

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

6. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Nice! Thanks.

14. MunchausenByProxy

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 11, 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.

5. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

in other words it will cost 899 lmfao

8. MeoCao unregistered

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

16. MunchausenByProxy

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 11, 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.

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.

15. MunchausenByProxy

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

9. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

wwow.. so excited about this!! :)

10. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

11. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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

12. boblight

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 28, 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.!

13. myclevername

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 07, 2010

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

17. MunchausenByProxy

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 11, 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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