Lenovo unveils the new ThinkPad 10: a Surface 3 competitor based on Windows 1012
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.
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.