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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Windows 8 Tablet First Look Video
      #44052 - 01/13/13 04:41 PM

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, not to be confused with the late 2011 Android ThinkPad Tablet, runs Windows 8 on a 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760 dual core CPU. Like the Android version, it has a 10.1" IPS 5-pojnt multi-touch display with a digital Wacom pen that lives in a silo when you're not using it. The tablet has a 1366 x 768 display and weighs just 1.25 lbs, which is pretty darned light for a full Windows tablet.

Yes, you can run your Windows 7 x86 .exe apps, though this is an Intel Atom CPU rather than a Core i5, so don't expect demanding apps like Photoshop to run at lightspeed. It has 2 gigs of DDR2 RAM (that's the limit with the 32 bit Clover Trail Atom) and is available with 32 or 64 gigs of eMMC flash storage. The good news in that Atom tablet battery life simply rocks, and Lenovo's 10 hours of claimed actual use time isn't that far off the mark. Standby times are likewise similar to Android and iOS tablets. It runs cool and quiet (there's no cooling fan on Intel Atom systems).

Besides the relatively light weight, the optional keyboard dock sets the ThinkPad Tablet 2 apart from the crowd. While most keyboard docks are cramped and offer a poor typing experience, Lenovo put their ThinkPad mojo into this, and for a 10.1" keyboard, it's very good. The keyboard doesn't have a secondary battery, unlike most transformer style keyboard docks; instead it's a Bluetooth keyboard with a built-in stand rather than a docking connector.

The tablet has a front 2MP camera, rear 8MP camera, Blueooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, 1 USB 2.0 port, mini HDMI, a MicroSD card slot, a 3.5mm combo audio jack. And a 30 Whr 2 cell battery. The digital pen and Wacom active digitizer are optional, so make sure the model you order comes with that feature if it's important to you. The tablet has a digital compass, GPS, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor and optional 3GG/4G (LTE and HSPA+) via Gobi modem. The price starts at $679 with digital pen and it's available now. Lenovo also offers a dock that functions as a stand and a cool case that has comparpments for the tablet and keyboard.

Here's our Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 first look video review:


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