Lenovo shows off upcoming ThinkPad Windows 8 tablet

Lenovo has already introduced a hybrid IdeaPad Yoga tablet-notebook running on Windows 8. This week at Computex, Engadget reports that Lenovo is showing off a more conventional Windows 8 tablet. The product technically doesn't even have a name yet, although it is referred to in the article as a ThinkPad.

The 10.1 inch tablet has a 1366x768 resolution screen and is 9.7 mm thick, which makes it pretty thin and light. There's not a lot of information about the hardware inside, although the article says there is some kind of Intel Clover Trail processor running things, and the tablet is supposed to last over 10 hours on one battery charge.

There's also an eight megapixel camera and a two megapixel camera (no word on where they are located, although we suspect the higher megapixel one is in the rear of the tablet). There's a micro-HDMI port for hooking it up to a big screen. There's also a dock connector but there's no word on what the tablet's dock might be like.

It's still early days for this product and its specs could change but it seems clear that Lenovo is going to be making at least one kind of Windows 8 stand alone tablet for its launch late in 2012.

Source: Engadget | Image via Engadget

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Hello,

I purchased a Samsung Series 7 Slate [W7 HP x64, i5-2467M, 10.1" 1366 x 768, Intel HD Graphics 3000, 128GB SSD] a few weeks ago. It seemed to run Windows 7 as well as any other computer with those specs. I purchased it for Windows 8 testing, though, and installed the Release Candidate on it earlier today.

The lack of USB ports made it difficult to get Windows 8 installed: The Samsung slate has only one USB port on it and another one on its dock, which was inaccessible when attempting to install Windows 8. I had to plug a USB hub in so I could use a keyboard, mouse and USB flash drive at the same time. Not a problem that consumers should have, of course, but an issue for folks who regularly install or update operating systems, etc.

Windows 8's Metro UI is much more usable on a touch screen than on computers without one.

Right now, I suspect one of Microsoft's biggest problems with Windows 8 is going to be its partner ecosystem. I purchased Samsung's own Bluetooth keyboard for use with this tablet and it is icky to type on compared to a ThinkPad or a standard desktop keyboard

I think I am have mispoken a bit. What I wanted to say is that I would rather have Microsoft supports DVD play instead of leaving up to the OEM or having the user to download the codec manually. For power users on Neowin, this is going to be a simple process, I am thinking about the average user, not in disrespectful way.

jimmyfal said,
Lenovo is the new Dell. High prices, low specs. Cmon in and save me Acer and Asus and HP while your at it.

Don't forget partially owned by the Chinese Communist government. I work for a defense contractor and we aren't allowed to buy Lenovo because of the Chinese Government owership. Which is a shame because ThinkPads where huge when IBM owned them but we had to switch when Lenovo bought the line. Went to Dells which was a big step down and now we're transitioning to HP.

jimmyfal said,
Lenovo is the new Dell. High prices, low specs. Cmon in and save me Acer and Asus and HP while your at it.

I would rather pay more the Lenovo and get something that I can use as a battering ram if necessary then pay less and get an Acer which will come up with new and exciting ways of making me filing warranty claims, or a HP that is poorly designed and poorly built with poor support.

Asus I'm fine with but Lenovo > Asus.

Douglas_C said,

I would rather pay more the Lenovo and get something that I can use as a battering ram if necessary then pay less and get an Acer which will come up with new and exciting ways of making me filing warranty claims, or a HP that is poorly designed and poorly built with poor support.

Asus I'm fine with but Lenovo > Asus.

Never had a problem with build quality on any of my cheapest laptops. AS long as it has name brand components on motherboard, hard disk etc. that's all I need. So on an Ultrabook that costs $799 I want an I5, MINIMUM.

jimmyfal said,
Lenovo is the new Dell. High prices, low specs. Cmon in and save me Acer and Asus and HP while your at it.

ASUS released 3 Windows 8 Tablets/All-in-One yesterday. Check those.

The Black Mamba said,
Power DVD, I guess we can still play DVD with windows 8 contrary to what Microsoft made us believe.

Huh? Microsoft have not once said that DVD playback wouldn't be supported, they only stopped providing the codec to do so. Third parties DVD can still bundle their own codecs with Winsows 8 as they have done before Windows 8.

The Black Mamba said,
Power DVD, I guess we can still play DVD with windows 8 contrary to what Microsoft made us believe.

Microsoft never said you "will never be able to play DVDs," they simply said that by default Windows 8 will not come with the neccessary codecs required to play them.. because most devices won't even have DVD drives (and because they're expensive, Microsoft sees no reason to buy them). Third party software like PowerDVD will provide the codecs, especially if it comes pre-installed on the system. Most consumers are unlikely to notice, but if they do they're bound to find someone that can help them.

The Black Mamba said,
Power DVD, I guess we can still play DVD with windows 8 contrary to what Microsoft made us believe.

Yeah i know right....Wait What?

Do we know how well Windows 8 run on these tablets just yet? I'm wondering just how intense it will be on the tablet resources. Is this RT version more efficiently optimized to suit this type of device?
Needless to say I am VERY interested and cannot wait to hear more about these devices.

Isn't Windows RT only for ARM-powered devices? Article says this has an Intel chip so I presume it runs standard Windows 8.

what said,
Isn't Windows RT only for ARM-powered devices? Article says this has an Intel chip so I presume it runs standard Windows 8.

Even more so then, wouldnt this thing require MORE system resources to run effectively?

este said,

Even more so then, wouldnt this thing require MORE system resources to run effectively?

Not really. Windows being this 'resource hog' is a huge misconception. Windows itself is fine, it's errant anti-virus programs and other 3rd party stuff that make Windows slow.

I tried the Windows 8 DP on my old Pentium 4 PC. This PC can't even play HD videos from a DVD without the CPU usage shooting through the roof, but Windows 8 itself was fine, I was pretty surprised:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta6QwWnnh_k
I film the specs of the PC at the end of this video, just as proof.