Lenovo launches ThinkPad 8 business tablet
By Paul Ridden
January 14, 2014
Lenovo's first 8-inch business tablet also happens to be its thinnest and lightest ThinkPad. The new ThinkPad 8 features a high resolution IPS display panel that supports up to 10 simultaneous touch points. It runs Windows 8.1 Professional, is powered by a 2.4 GHz Bay Trail processor from Intel and has a battery that should be good for a full day's work before needing to hit the wall outlet.
The 8.8 mm (0.34-in) thin, 430 g (15 oz) ThinkPad 8 is constructed from machine-cut aluminum, and packs an 8.3-inch, 1920 x 1200 resolution multi-touch display panel with a 2 megapixel HD webcam in the bezel and dual array digital microphones. There's also an 8 MP autofocus camera at the rear.
It has an Intel Z3770 quad-core processor with integrated graphics with support from 2 GB of LPDDR3 system memory and up to 128 GB of solid state storage with microSD expansion. You could take advantage of the tablet's Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity to wirelessly pair a keyboard for a mini hybrid laptop-like experience, or use the built-in micro-USB 3.0 and micro-HDMI ports to physically connect it to a wired keyboard and external monitor.
The ThinkPad 8 comes with 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi as standard, with worldwide 3G and 4G/LTE mobile network options also available. The business-centered tablet boasts security features such as TPM 2.0, Mobile Device Management, and a VPN function that starts automatically when a user chooses an app that requires access to corporate data. Users can expect around 8 hours between charges of its 20.5 Wh battery.
Configure to order models start at US$399, and release is scheduled for later this month.
Lenovo's promo video can be seen below.
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