ThinkPad X1 Tablet 2nd Gen. Now Said To Be Coming Soon

The second generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet was unveiled on January 3rd, and it was originally touted as launching in March, but we are now getting close to May, and it still hasn't launched. But now Lenovo says that it is “coming soon.”

On Amazon, several editions of ThinkPad X1 Tablet have been listed as “In stock on May 23” but all of these models actually look like the 1st gen. models instead, so far.

Which is where the main change is, from Skylake to Kaby Lake. Otherwise it's mainly the same modular tablet computer. Modules include a projector that can be attached underneath, facing away from you, a battery module that expands the battery life from 10 hours to 15 hours, and docking, which have been made with things like conference rooms in mind, where users can connect it to the dock and immediately start a presentation on a larger screen, complete with audio.

It’s mostly meant for the enterprise market with Windows 10 Home or Pro options. It’s got some good specs though, from Kaby Lake processor choices, up to 16GB LPDDR3 RAM, options of 128GB to 1TB SSD storage, Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU, a 2MP front camera, 8MP rear camera, and a 12-inch screen with 2160 x 1440 resolution.

It also has large range of connectivity options, such as tri-band WiGig 2×2 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth 4.2, and X7 LTE-A 4G, in addition to having a USB-C port, USB 3.0 port, and a Mini display port. It also has dTPM 2.0 vPro, and an optional fingerprint reader for added security. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Gen. 2 comes in black, but the keyboards comes in black, silver, and even red.

– Jim Miller