Lenovo reveals ThinkPad 8 Windows 8.1 tablet

In October, Lenovo started selling the Miix2 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet to consumers as one of the first such smaller tablets made for Microsoft's operating system. Today, the PC maker announced plans to release a similarly sized tablet made for demanding business users; the ThinkPad 8.

The 8.3 inch tablet will weigh 0.92 pounds and will have Intel's quad-core Z3700 Bay Trail processor inside with a clock speed of 2.3 GHz. It will support up to 8GB of RAM and storage options of 32, 64 and 128GB. The display will support a resolution of up to 1920x1080. The tablet will also have a MicroSD card port, a MicroUSB 3.0 port and a MicroHDMI port.

The ThinkPad 8 will have an eight megapixel rear camera and a two megapixel front facing camera. There's also an option to buy a version with 4G LTE wireless support in addition to Wi-Fi. The tablet is supposed to offer up to eight hours of battery life and will include a free version of Microsoft Office 2013.

Lenovo will offer a keyboard dock option for the ThinkPad 8, along with an optional QuickShot Cover that will allow users to quickly peel off part of the covering to expose the tablet's rear camera. The ThinkPad 8 will go on sale late in January for the starting price of $399.

Source: Lenovo email press release | Image via Lenovo

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Romero said,
I love it since I don't like the black bars when I watch videos and most of my media has 16:9 AR.

i also think that watching videos on a tablet is wonky....not saying I haven't gone on youtube or streamed a tv show but thats not exactly what i call ideal viewing options.

I'm just saying a tablet isn't a primary video device so why use a video AR

Co_Co said,

I'm just saying a tablet isn't a primary video device so why use a video AR

I have one I use almost exclusively for watching videos and listening to music from my NAS and 16:9 AR is perfect.

Anyway if you don't like it no-one's forcing it down your throat. I'm sure there's another tablet that'll fit your needs better. Perhaps an iPad with 4:3 AR?

hipporama said,
According to WPCentral, it's Windows 8.1 Pro.

Hope so, it better, otherwise in its current state it is not worth it.

I personally don't like the fact it's 1920x1080. I love to have 'sharp' looking screens, but I also hate the DPI scaling in Windows.

I've got a Acer W700 with a 11" screen and 1920x1080 looks horrid when you run programs that don't scale the way they should.

Tony. said,
I personally don't like the fact it's 1920x1080. I love to have 'sharp' looking screens, but I also hate the DPI scaling in Windows.

I've got a Acer W700 with a 11" screen and 1920x1080 looks horrid when you run programs that don't scale the way they should.

The 'ugly' scaling only happens when the developer pixel locks the application. There are several other scaling modes that can fire, and most of them are seamless with native font and vector art rendering, etc.

A low resolution bitmap on a button will never look great upscaled, and again that is the developer, not the OS and doesn't even fit the UI scaling design model of the OS since the days of XP.

If you run Software on a daily basis that is not old and the developer pixel/DPI locked it, complain, they shouldn't be doing this over 10 years after Microsoft tried to get developers to stop.

PS People testing this and 'flipping' modes on the Fly, be sure to sign out and back in to get the 'native' larger rendering and not just upscaling that is employed until the next login.

With Office, 1080p, usb 3, and microhdmi, it sounds like a pretty nice offering. Maybe $50-$100 off on sale and it would be a sweet spot.

it seems like you are a bit spoiled of cheap android tablets. where on earth would 400$ be to expensive for this hardware? People are buying Smartphones for 1000$ and you complain about 400 for this thing

notchinese said,
Looks fine, but price is too high.

I think that is a great price actually. Sure everything would be better if it was less expensive, but if I don't hear a confirmation of the surface mini soon, I'll be picking this up right away. If it was $100 cheaper I'd likely buy a couple as gifts.

notchinese said,
Looks fine, but price is too high.

I would love to see $100 - 8" Windows tablets, but there also has to be business and upper end products that step over the iPad Mini and tablets like the Nexus.

If you add in the cost of Office, this is a rather good option for businesses and users that are looking at another license/copy of Office.

korupt_one said,
the base price is the same for the base price ipad mini retina but offers so much more than the ipad offers.

Except apps. Minor detail there, the iPad actually has apps people want to use and are popular.

ardenx said,

Except apps. Minor detail there, the iPad actually has apps people want to use and are popular.


It's unfortunate that consumers place so much value on "apps." I love my Surface 2 tablet, not because of the apps it has, but because of everything else I can do with it to be productive.
Obviously, that means missing out or waiting for new games sometimes, but I already have so many other ways to spend my time so I'm not going to let the fact that it may or may not have the latest version of Angry Birds, or Temple Run, or whatever games kids play these days, deter me from selecting a device/platform that provides me the most value.

To sum it up, not everyone lets the # of apps in an ecosystem determine which device to purchase. And I hope more people realize that there are other advantages to each and every platform other than the "app" count.

And if you're wondering why I keep putting "app" in quotes, well it is because as a Windows Tablet PC, some might argue it has the largest selection of software applications of any platform.

ardenx said,

Except apps. Minor detail there, the iPad actually has apps people want to use and are popular.

except apps. the ipad mini does not provide the range of apps that this thing can run when docked to a 27" screen.. true

ardenx said,

Except apps. Minor detail there, the iPad actually has apps people want to use and are popular.

you do realise this runs basic windows, right? So Modern apps -PLUS- windows apps.
can't do that on an iPad. ;-)

I hope devices like this will bring win tablets more in the eye of users. When I show my Surface, everyone goes "Ooohhhh, that awesome..."
Now people will have to get out of the iBubble by them selfs and see beyond that....