Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet gets a second-gen update

At the Lenovo Tech World event in Beijing, Lenovo has introduced the second-generation of its ThinkPad 10 tablet and the improvements it brings with it, including a ThinkPad Pen Pro and a new Folio keyboard. The tablet looks very similar — though not identical — to the first-generation version (check out our review of it), but stands out in all the ways needed to (hopefully) produce a sharper, better-abled upgrade for those who are ready for a next-gen device. We've a gallery after the jump!

The new ThinkPad 10 tablet can be had with either an Intel Atom Z8500 or a Z8700 quad-core SoC. Joining the SoC is a 10.1-inch 1900 x 1200 10-point multi-touch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 2GB or 4GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB internal storage, triple-array microphones, a standard 3.5mm audio jack, graphite black color, and Bluetooth 4.0.

There's a USB 3.0 port, micro HDMI, micro SD card slot, optional 3G/4G LTE support, and 802.11ac WiFi. Audio comes via Realtek ALC5672 and 1watt speakers. The rear-facing camera has a 5 megapixel resolution with auto-focus, while the front camera is 1.2 megapixel with a fixed-focus. The internal 32Wh battery, finally, gives up to 10 hours of run time on a charge.

The Lenovo ThinkPad 10 Gen 2 tablet will be available some time this summer for $549 USD. The launch will also bring with it a bunch of accessories, including the QuickShot cover we've seen before ($45 USD), the Folio Keyboard ($110 USD) and an Ultrabook keyboard ($119 USD), a dock ($129 USD), privacy film ($70 USD), and several more device-specific optional gear.