Lenovo (0092) isn’t going to let the Microsoft (MSFT) Surface have all the Windows 8 tablet glory. The ThinkPad manufacturer on Thursday announced that its first-ever Windows 8 Pro tablet, dubbed the ThinkPad Tablet 2, will become available in October — possibly on the 26th when Microsoft officially releases the Surface. As far as features go, Lenovo has taken a page from Samsung by including an optional stylus with the device and is also offering a Surface-like keyboard dock that is sold separately. When it comes to size, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 has a 10.1-inch display, is 9.8 mm thin and weights less than 1.3 pounds. The full press release follows below. More →
It looks like PC manufacturer Lenovo is planning to throw its hat into the tablet ring, and a detailed report filed by This is my next explains what the Chinese OEM may have up its sleeve. According to the blog, Lenovo is working on a 10.1-inch, NVIDIA Tegra 2 powered slate that packs quite a punch. The device, which will run Google’s Honeycomb operating system, will come in one of three now-standard tablet storage configurations: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB and has a target release date of July. The aforementioned 10.1-inch IPS window will boast as 1280 x 800 pixel resolution which will facilitate control of the tablet’s hardware features: 3G and 4G cellular connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, full-sized SD card slot, HDMI-out, and a laptop-like docking station. The tablet, like much of Lenovo’s hardware, seems to be geared towards the corporate buyer — there are slides dedicated to Cisco, McAfee and Symantec integration and security. But if we know our readers (and we think we do), there will be a few of you adding this tablet to your technology war chest upon its release. More →
With WiMax popping its head into the airwaves, Lenovo has decided to start adding WiMax to its notebooks for high-speed ‘net access. This is pretty snazzy news for those of us using air-cards from carriers wishing for just a little boost in data-transfer speeds. Available immediately are the ultraportable ThinkPad X301 notebook, the ThinkPad T400 notebook, the ThinkPad SL300 and SL500 notebooks – all WiMax capable. Later this year, we can expect to see the WiMax capabilities extended to the ThinkPad W500, W700, SL400 and X200 notebooks and the consumer-oriented IdeaPad Y530. But are you thinking what we’re thinking? WiMax isn’t widely available yet! For now, it’s in very limited markets with Sprint’s XOHM WiMax making its debut in Baltimore last week. Unless you want to brag to your friends that your notebook is WiMax capable (and hear them giggle underneath their breath for thinking you’re crazy), you might want to wait until WiMax hits your market. After all, it’s going to hit a few major cities over the next few weeks and it’s nice to see Lenovo preparing itself.