Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet hands-on

May 12, 2014
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Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet hands-on

Lenovo has a new pen-enabled tablet, the ThinkPad 10, complete with a range of accessories including magnetically-attached keyboards and a handy desktop dock, for those who want some proper stylus support with their Windows 8.1. The Atom Z3795 quadcore powered slate has a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 touchscreen with 10-finger multitouch, and runs for up to ten hours on a single charge.

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Paired with the Intel SoC are HD Graphics, a choice of 2GB or 4GB of memory, and up to 128GB of storage. On the front, above the IPS LCD panel, is a 2-megapixel webcam, while an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash is on the back; both support up to 1080p video recording.

Connectivity in the 8.95mm-thick tablet includes WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, and optional LTE/HSPA+. There's also a Micro HDMI port, full-sized USB 2.0, and a microSD card slot.

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There's also an active digitizer, which works with Lenovo's stylus pen. Topped by a distinctive red nub, the stylus allows for sketching, signing digital documents, note-taking, and more; when we tried it out ourselves, it proved to be fast and accurate.

Although not specifically billed as ruggedized, the ThinkPad 10 does meet certain MIL-SPEC requirements for rough treatment. However, Lenovo will also offer a truly ruggedized case - complete with chunky rubber bumpers over an impact-resistant polycarbonate shell, and with sealed port covers - that has an adjustable carry-handle on the rear, too.

A large hatch in the back of the case will allow it to still be used with Lenovo's Tablet Dock without needing to be removed first, a desktop cradle with ethernet, USB, and display connectivity, in addition to a silo for the stylus.

Other accessories include a Quickshot cover, which clings magnetically to the ThinkPad 10 and acts as a protective cover and stand, in addition to having the same flip-down corner that exposes and boots up the camera.

There'll also be the Ultrabook Keyboard, with a trackpad and QWERTY layout; the ThinkPad 10 slots in (at a single angle) for typing, or clips into place magnetically for carrying. We were able to grab the tablet by the keyboard and shake it, too, without the slate falling free.

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Finally, there's the Touch Case, which echoes Microsoft's Surface Touch Cover with a zero-profile QWERTY layout. Its touch-sensitive keys are slightly recessed to make finding them with the fingertips more straightforward.

The Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet will go on sale in June, priced from $599. Initially, the company will be offering systems with 64GB and 128GB in the US, with 32GB configurations, tablets with fingerprint readers and TPM chips, those with Smart Card readers, and non-pen variants following on in due course.

As for the accessories, the Ultrabook Keyboard will be $129 and the Tablet Dock will $119, while the Quickshot cover will be $59; they'll all land alongside the tablet in June. Following on in the summer will be the $69 Rugged Case and the $119 Touch Case.


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