Lenovo is attempting to create a pen-based tablet, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 and since the last time they tried this they failed, I’m pretty skeptic about this attempt. Their ThinkPad Android tablet from 2011 was pretty crappy, let’s be honest. This time we’re dealing with a Windows 8 tablet model running on an Intel dual core Clover Trail CPU and packing an optional keyboard dock.
Apparently, this is a business-focused model, with a 10.1 inch WXGA touchscreen, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Other features include NFC, a fingerprint scanner, HSPA+/LTE connectivity and some nifty accessories to go with this device. Among them we find a keyboard dock with trackpoint navigation. One can only hope that the keyboard delivers the nifty typing feel from the Lenovo notebooks and meanwhile there’s also a stylus in the mix, for handwriting and sketching.
No idea what pen technology will be used in this case, but Lenovo is probably ready to use an active digitizer this time, for more precise input. Pricing and availability are mysteries right now, but the leaked slides showing this device position the product as an iPad rival and a rival to other Windows models with ARM processors. Other things worth mentioning about the tablet are its thickness, 9.8mm and weight, 650 grams. 10 finger multitouch display and optional digitizer are also on board, as well as an 8 megapixel cam at the back.