Lenovo unveils the new ThinkPad 10: a Surface 3 competitor based on Windows 10


Earlier today at Lenovo's TechWorld event in Beijing, the company announced the second-generation ThinkPad 10, the first tablet in the world that's marketed as a Windows 10 product. In itself, this doesn't say much about the tablet, but it's a perfect reminder that Windows 10 is right around the corner. 

The new ThinkPad 10 will be launched this August at prices starting at $549. Across the board, the new ThinkPad does little to differentiate itself from the Microsoft Surface 3.

In many ways, the new ThinkPad 10 is highly similar to the old one, a business tablet with the ability to morph into a small laptop, although some notable improvements do exist. One striking similarity is the display, a 10.1-inch panel running at 1920 by 1200 pixels, an aspect ratio of 16:10, and a PPI of 224. The design also appears to follow the traditional design language of Lenovo's ThinkPad tablet line-up.

Under the hood, there's either an Intel Atom Z8500 (1.44 GHz quad-core processor with burst frequencies of up to 2.24GHz) or an Atom Z8700 (1.6GHz quad-core CPU with burst frequencies of up to 2.6GHz). Both are 64-bit Cherry Trail chips manufactured using Intel's 14nm node process, and both use the 8th generation of Intel mobile GPUs.

In the memory department, the new ThinkPad 10 comes in several versions, with RAM memory varying between 2GB and 4GB, and internal storage between 64GB and 128GB. 

Other specs include a pair of stereo speakers, a 5MP primary camera with LED flash, a 1.3MP secondary front-facing shooter, optional LTE connectivity, and a microSD card slot. Lenovo has fitted in a 32Wh battery said to be able to keep the lights on for 10 hours.

All of the specs mentioned above are what makes the new ThinkPad 10 a tablet, although the manufacturer is also offering a range of accessories that can transform the slab into a low-powered netbook. Aside from the 'Ultrabook Keyboard', the line-up of official accessories includes a stylus that can transform handwriting in computer text, a dock, as well as a couple of cases.

If everything that was said above seems a bit familiar, that's because these are almost the exact same specs and price of the Microsoft Surface 3. Aside from the fact that the Surface 3 was launched with Windows 8.1 on board (an update to Windows 10 is guaranteed), the only notable difference is that the Surface 3 is also a bit larger, coming with a display that's 0.8-inches thicker and uses a slightly stranger 3:2 aspect ratio.

source: Lenovo

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12 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

Think of tha future

2. gaming64 unregistered

The aspect ratio is horrible and it doesn't even look good. Inferior compared to the Surface. Sent from my Lenovo laptop.

5. KhmerLoveKhmer

Posts: 149; Member since: May 26, 2015

Any not switch to Mac instead of suffering from low quality product like this? Post from my MacBook pro 2015 version

7. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

He won't buy this or mac because he's a gamer.

8. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Isn't Mac a laptop!? I don't get it at all why you compare these too can you compare them to an iPad with this vision cause they are definitely better than an iPad.

9. gaming64 unregistered

It can't be compared to the iPad because it uses a desktop-type operating system

10. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah but its a tablet and that's the point you want to buy a tablet buy one of these that can run desktop apps too.

3. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

3:2 is definitely not "strange," there's so much more usable reading space. There aren't huge columns of unused white space like 16:9 or 16:10.

4. gaming64 unregistered

yes but most apps would be unoptimized for this kind of aspect ratio

6. TypicalGeek

Posts: 214; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

It doesn't include pressure sensitive input? Oh well back to patiently waiting for Surface Pro 4 14inch. 10" doesn't do much, I do a lot of drawing. I love Wacom in my Surface Pro 2, but N trig in Pro 3 isn't that bad. I think the Pro 4 will be even better.

11. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

They should start filling these things with usb c ports. Can't wait for that to become standard. Second TypicalGeek on the digitiser. I don't like their near-monopoly but Wacom's still the best.

12. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

hmm folks the Surface 3 is cheaper 499.$ and is not made of plastic and has a built in kick stand for a person to use when they get tired of holding it in their hands. The Surface 3 wins over this device.

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