A new 10.1-inch ThinkPad tablet from Lenovo have been spotted in the directories of online shops, which tells us that Lenovo have some tablet goodies that haven’t been officially announced yet.
Which brings us to the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 10, which so far seems to be the actual name. The first 10.1-inch ThinkPad tablet was actually a Android tablet, but the second one, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 was a Windows 8 tablet, so Lenovo might have understood that it was time for a name change.
(UPDATED, May 13: Lenovo ThinkPad 10 is now officially unveiled.)
And, an update to the 10.1-inch Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is overdue, since this is a tablet that’s been around since 2012.
OK, specifications then. The upcoming Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 10 have been spotted in various configurations. Most remarkably is that this tablet features the brand new second generation Bay Trail-T processor from Intel. And Lenovo went for the Intel Atom Z3795 processor of the Intel Atom Z3000 series, of which the Z3795 is the fastest of them. The HP ElitePad 1000 G2 packs the same processor.
The frequency is from 1.6GHz in normal mode, with up to 2.39GHz in Turbo Mode, meaning that a manufacturer can list a device with this CPU as running a 2.39GHz processor. Naturally people get confused by this, so some retailers will take a quick look at the specifications and list it with a 1.6GHz processor instead. Other than that, this is a 64-bit processor with support for 4GB of DDR3 RAM at 1066MHz.
And so you shall have. The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 10 Pro versions (Windows 8.1 Pro) is listed with 4GB/2GB of DDR3 RAM, while the non-Pro Windows 8.1 version is only listed with 2GB DDR3 RAM.
Storage options are either 64GB or 128GB of flash storage. The screen has been upgraded to Full HD 1920 x 1200 resolution, with IPS display. And speaking of screens, the integrated digitizer pen is still there, but so far we can only see it on the Pro models. The benefit of not having it, is that it saves some money on the 64GB storage/2GB RAM entry version. The Pro versions also feature 3G/LTE cellular connectivity.
Other specs include things like NFC, a smart card reader, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 2.0 ports, and a 2MP front camera and 8MP rear camera which is pretty standard on Windows 8 tablets.
The currency converted cost of all of this, is $800 for the 64GB entry version, with a price hike up to $1150 for the 64GB Pro version, and $1300 for the 128GB Pro model.
The earliest released date I’ve seen so far is May 5th, but this is in Europe, so the US release could trail a little behind. Now if only Lenovo would get an official unveiling going.
– Tom Bowen