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Lenovo Windows 8 Tablet Has IT In Mind

ThinkPad Tablet 2 has storage, security features to please enterprise IT. Also shows Lenovo, unlike some of its rivals, stands behind Microsoft Windows 8.

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PC maker Lenovo took the wraps off its first tablet designed specifically to run Microsoft's new touch-centric Windows 8 operating system.

The ThinkPad Tablet 2, unveiled Thursday, includes a number of features that should appeal to road warriors, including built-in, pay-as-you-go 3G and 4G wireless, digitizer and pen support, and a generous, 10.1-inch screen in a package that checks in at 9.88 millimeters thick and 1.3 pounds.

The ThinkPad Tablet 2, which comes with Windows 8 Pro, is powered by Intel's Atom architecture. It features a number of ports, including a full-sized USB port, to accommodate a range of peripherals such as monitors and keyboards.

"Customers want a versatile device that fits their lifestyle and the many ways they use technology," said Dilip Bhatia, VP and general manager for Lenovo's ThinkPad business unit, in a statement.

The device, among the first Windows 8 slates to formally debut, should also appeal to IT departments. Security features include encrypted storage and an optional fingerprint reader, and it supports the full range of Microsoft's back-end security and management technologies.

[ Check out Microsoft Surface Tablet: 10 Coolest Features. ]

Bhatia said the Tablet 2 is consumer friendly, "while offering companies and IT managers the oversight they need to help secure and manage their company's networks and data."

Other features include an HD display, front- and rear-facing cameras, noise-canceling microphones, an HDMI port, and support for wireless video streaming.

Lenovo appears to be fully behind Windows 8. "For the next generation of Lenovo PCs, designed to be great with Windows 8, we're working closer than ever with Microsoft and our silicon partners," said Bhatia.

The same can't be said for some other OEMs. Acer officials earlier this week said the company could bolt the Windows camp over Microsoft's decision to introduce its own, self-branded Windows 8 tablet called Surface.

"If Microsoft ... is going to do hardware business, what should we do? Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other alternatives?" said Campbell Kan, president of PC global operations for Acer, in an interview with the Financial Times.

Lenovo did not announce pricing, but said the Tablet 2 will be available starting Oct. 26, when Windows 8 makes its retail debut.

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Andrew Hornback
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8/9/2012 | 9:31:54 PM
re: Lenovo Windows 8 Tablet Has IT In Mind
As long as Apple is in the tablet market, they're going to be at or near the top. Why? It's a "cool" and "showy" gizmo - yes, it's useful, but follow my logic for a minute.

Lenovo, having purchase IBM's desktop and laptop lines, is an entirely different player in the market. As I'm fond of saying, when you're in a business meeting and someone shows up with an IBM (or Lenovo) device, you know they mean business.

With Apple, their marketing strategy was to produce a cool/showy gizmo... something that people got envious of, absolutely had to have and showed off when they got one. Remember the first time you ever saw an iPod, iPhone or iPad? From there, the thing spread like wildfire - "everyone" had to have one.

What you're seeing with regards to corporate IT is that it's easier to use existing systems management tools to manage tablet devices that fall into the PC category than it is to manage tablets that run iOS or Android - most organizations have to add another product to manage them, which leads to infrastructure sprawl.

It'll be interesting to see where things go from here...

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Andrew Hornback
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Andrew Hornback,
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8/9/2012 | 9:12:03 PM
re: Lenovo Windows 8 Tablet Has IT In Mind
No, but they could fully embrace Google's Android platform...
mikey2724
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8/9/2012 | 4:44:53 PM
re: Lenovo Windows 8 Tablet Has IT In Mind
I think the Lenovo marketing department missed the boat by naming their tablet computers, ThinkPad Tablet and IdeaPad Tablet. The ThinkPad and IdeaPad product lines are laptop computers, the ThinkCenter and IdeaCenter product lines are desktop computers, so create new product lines for tablet computers called, ThinkTab and IdeaTab.
TerryB
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8/9/2012 | 4:40:14 PM
re: Lenovo Windows 8 Tablet Has IT In Mind
Acer has so much leverage here. What are they going to do, write a new o/s for their hardware? Just put Linux on their hardware? Good luck with that, Acer.
ebikake
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ebikake,
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8/9/2012 | 3:31:10 PM
re: Lenovo Windows 8 Tablet Has IT In Mind
I think Acer and other rebel OEMs should understand the need for innovation and competition under current climate. Gone are the days when consumers are forced to accommodate and accept just any product under a name. I have seen some of the hardware for windows 8 by Acer, and I am suprised at just how complicated some of these items are. The windows platform, if not properly put into check, would suddenly become a dumping ground for all kinds of hardware and name. I think surface is a wake-up call from microsoft to other OEMs that is no longer going to be businesss as usual. you either innovate to compete or leave the platform.
Mack Knife
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8/9/2012 | 3:16:10 PM
re: Lenovo Windows 8 Tablet Has IT In Mind
Yes. Business IT wants standards in IT, something predictable at least in hardware. Apple will change its 30 pin connector and if you bought iPads into the corporate IT department you'd now be faced with buying a converter connector or every accessory would become obsolete. That failure by Apple to treat business IT as regular consumers is why it is a splash in the pan.

I welcome the new ThinkPad2, it represents confidence and a willingness to be there for the customer, be it corporate or consumer. Apple on the other hand does things for no other reason than arrogance. If the 30 pin connector was so superior to everything else, why is it being replaced? USB is still around and will continue.

From one year to the next no one has any idea if Apple hardware made yesterday will be compatible with hardware made tomorrow.
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