Tablets are a dime a dozen, something that makes room for tablets that take their time, in a manner of speaking. Such is the case with Lenovo’s ThinkPad 8, and 8-inch tablet that is promised as offering a “full PC experience” while on the go. The small form-factor allows for easy portability, but the company says that the device’s design is premium quality, including machine-cut aluminum and a unique Quickshot Cover.
The ThinkPad 8 can be used in Desktop Mode with a keyboard and external display, or in Tablet Mode, which is exactly what it sounds like. The idea is that professional users, which is Lenovo’s target base with this product, can find uses for the device is any situation, whether they need something on the go or want to use it while parked in an office. A dock can be used for the latter, making it easier to use it as a regular desktop computer.
As mentioned, the ThinkPad 8 can be had with a Quickshot Cover, which is an interesting cover that allows the tablet to be convered into a third mode — Tent Mode. With the Quickshot Cover, the user can take a picture by “peeling” back the cover to bring the 8-megapixel camera into view. This motion triggers the camera’s app, making it easy to take a picture without completely opening the cover and manually launching the related software.
As far as specifications go, the ThinkPad 8 tablet comes with an 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 pixels display. There’s both microHDMI and Miracast for playing content elsewhere. Under the hood, this small Lenovo tablet has an Intel Bay Trail quad-core processor and up to 128GB of internal storage space. There’s a microUSB 3.0 port, LTE, and Windows 8 Pro. The tablet will be available later this month for $449 USD.