Lenovo unveils ThinkPad Tablet 2

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a Windows 8 tablet with something special inside. An Intel Atom chip (“Clover Trail”) powers the device, bringing fully featured Windows — not Windows RT — to a tablet device.

If you thought the Microsoft Surface was only Windows tablet worth talking about, think again. Lenovo just unveiled the first Windows 8 tablet to pack an Intel mobile chip, making it a full-on Windows PC in a very light form factor.

The product is called the ThinkPad Tablet 2, and it’s an impressive piece of hardware. It has a 10.1-inch screen, is 0.39 of an inch thick and weighs just 1.3 pounds.

The star of this show is Intel’s Clover Trail processor, though. Before the Tablet 2, Windows 8 tablets had to be either Windows RT machines, which can’t run older Windows apps and look to deliver less than the full Windows experience, or devices with power-hungry Intel Core processors, necessitating more bulk and cooling fans.

Clover Trail, in theory, gets you the best of both worlds. It’s an Intel Atom system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor, meaning it’s designed for power efficiency and portability, negating the need for extra bulk and cooling fans. But it has none of the weaknesses of Windows RT, meaning this is fully featured Windows PC, able to run Windows 8 Pro, the “proper” version of Office, and all your Windows 7 apps as well.

Besides its mighty chip, the Tablet 2 has mini HDMI and USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card slot and stereo speakers. Options include 3G/4G connectivity, an NFC (near-field communication) chip, a fingerprint reader and a keyboard dock.

Handling the Tablet 2 for a few minutes, we found it to be shockingly light. It’s hard to believe you’re handling a real PC. Tapping and scrolling through a few apps, the machine was very responsive to the touch with not stuttering. The bright 1,366 x 768 anti-glare display looked great. Sadly, Lenovo hasn’t revealed the one spec that really matters: the price.

via Mashable Tech

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