On Wednesday, Lenovo officially announced plans to release the ThinkPad Tablet 2, which will run on Windows 8 Pro and be released in October. Lenovo will be competing with a number of Windows 8 and Windows RT-based tablets this fall, and that includes Microsoft when it launches the Windows RT version of the Surface device.
However, unlike others in the PC hardware business, Lenovo doesn't seem concerned with Microsoft's entry in the PC hardware market. ABCNews.com reports that, according to Lenovo vice-president Dilip Bhatia:
Microsoft is a strategic partner for us. The Surface has brought more excitement to the marketplace. The ThinkPad tablet is focused after the business individual; the Surface is more geared towards the consumer offering.
This is in sharp contrast to Acer, one of Lenovo's biggest rivals. Its CEO recently declared, in a somewhat threatening manner, that Microsoft should "think twice" about entering the PC hardware market with the Surface.
In addition to the ThinkPad Tablet 2, Lenovo also announced this week that the previously revealed ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop will start shipping on August 21st. The 14 inch laptop is made of carbon fiber and weights just three pounds. Pricing starts at $1,399.