Lenovo has now unveiled the ThinkPad 10, a new pen-enabled tablet that will replace ThinkPad 2 which was released in 2012. The new and improved Windows tablet is starting at $600 and will be available for purchase in June. With such a hefty price, the big question remains: Is it worth the money, or is it overpriced? The details of the new ThinkPad were leaked last month, however this did not affect the official unveiling, which was on Tuesday.
ThinkPad 10 comes with a complete range of accessories and includes a magnetic keyboard, and a desktop dock. The powerful and business oriented tablet runs on the Atom Z3795 quad-core processor, and has a 10-inch screen to make long work hours easier on the eyes. With the long lasting battery, the tablet can run up for ten hours on a single charge while the 10-finger multitouch allows multitaskers to focus on everything at once.
The ThinkPad 10 is featured with a hatch on the back of the case. This allows it to be used with Lenovo’s Tablet Dock. Meanwhile, there is also a silo for the stylus, and a desktop cradle which has USB, display and ethernet connectivity.
Other accessories such as a magnetic Quickshot cover that can act as both the protective cover and a stand, the Ultrabook QWERTY Keyboard with a trackpad, and the Touch Case. These accessories are not included in the price of the tablet, with the Ultrabook Keyboard costing $129, the Tablet Dock costing $119, while the Quickshot cover will cost $59; which will all be available in June. Later on in the summer, both the Rugged Case and the Touch Case case will be available, with the Rugged Case costing $69 and the Touch Case costing $119.
While ThinkPad 10 offers all the main features of the overpriced Apple’s iPad, ThinkPad 10 is priced just right for the features it offers. This more affordable piece of technology uses newer technology to provide the same and sometimes even better result result than the iPad. While all the added accessories can hike up the price significantly, the added quality of the product is amazing. The keyboard fits snugly in place, and as was demonstrated, the Lenovo can be shaken by the keyboard and not fall off.
As for the Lenovo itself, it comes with HD graphics, memory of 2GB or 4GB, and 128GB of storage. The back facing camera is 8 megapixels and is featured with autofocus and an LED flash. Meanwhile, in the front, there is a 2-megapixel webcam. Both cameras support up 1080p video recording.
Lenovo ThinkPad comes with connectivity ports. While the tablet is only 8.95mm thin it includes WiFi a/b/g/n connectivity, Bluetooth, and there is optional LTE/HSPA+ connectivity available. The tablet also comes with a full-sized USB 2.0, a microSD card slot, and even a a micro HDMI port.
Lenovo ThinkPad 10 includes the stylus pen, which is both fast and accurate. The stylus allows for many different activities which include: sketching, signing of documents, note-taking and much more.
While ThinkPad 10 is not classified as ruggedized, it does meet certain MIL-SPEC requirements for rough treatment. However, with the purchase of a fully ruggedized case, the user will be provided with complete with chunky rubber bumpers, an impact-resistant polycarbonate shell, and sealed port covers. The case will also have an adjustable carry-handle on the rear.
With all the great features, the lightweight and think Lenovo ThinkPad 10 is perfect for every day use. While it may seem to be overpriced, in reality the ThinkPad 10 is priced just right for the amount of time users will spend exploring the world and enjoying their day-to-day business activities with their new Lenovo.
By Ivelina Kunina