September 28, 2012

Enterprise War: iPad Vs. Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

Unlike many other blue-chip Windows OEMs, Lenovo has been doing very well recently Battery For Lenovo ThinkPad W700 Series — and the Tablet 2 will likely be expected to do heated battle with Microsoft's own Surface in the waning months of the year. Look for it to launch in October around the same time as Windows 8 (likely even the same day); pricing is yet to be announced.

There's no doubt that the iPad has taken the tablet market by storm. Its sprawling collection of apps and eye-catching display have made Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds AC adapter it the clear-cut winner in the consumer market. And with the bring-your-own-device trend picking up the pace, Apple's flagship tablet has been inching its way into the hearts of enterprise users, as well.

There’s full sized USB, that old favorite the TrackPoint, and the option for integrated 3G/4G for road warriors. Pull out the stylus – as long as you’ve specified the active digitizer option Lenovo ThinkPad W700 AC adapter– and you can use handwriting recognition and sketch in OneNote. We do wish Lenovo had gone for a bigger pen, however, as Lenovo’s barrel is a little thinner than we’d like.

There are still a few glitches with screen responsiveness that the company is working on, but overall, the tablet seemed snappy and responsive. As for the hardware itself, the build quality is solid, Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds battery if not entirely having that premium feel thanks to the use of annoying port covers and a plastic shell that's not the world's most rigid. But the lightness and slimness of the tablet makes those annoyances more bearable (especially considering this is an enterprise device first).

Lenovo refers to an "upcoming Intel Atom" processor with Intel x86 architecture, which suggests an as-yet-unannounced Intel CPU will be at the heart of the tablet. In tablets running Windows 7, Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds AC adapter however, we've seen Atom-powered systems fall short of what we expect from a Windows device. 

Lenovo says that this tablet has been developed in partnership with Intel, so it's likely that the unannounced hardware offers a bump up in processing power. But until specifics are known it's a big question mark. Whether or not the new Lenovo ThinkPad W700 adapter operating system and hardware make a winning combination is yet to be seen.

On top of that it has a new keyboard and trackpad that's coated in a rubberlike material. It's also the lightest 14-inch laptop on the market. It starts at $1,299 and while it runs Windows 7 now, it is Windows 8 ready and will only cost $14.99 to upgrade at the end of October.

The price, so far, Lenovo is only saying the tablet will be available in October, when Windows 8 starts shipping. For now, we've got a mix of glossy press shots for your viewing pleasure, along with some hands-on photos we took in advance of tonight's announcement.

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