Tablet or Ultrabook? Blazing-Fast Lenovo ThinkPad 2 Blurs the Line

Looking for a device that’s super-thin, super-light, super-powerful, and costs less than one of those hip, new ultrabooks? Then you might want to check out Lenovo’s soon-to-be-released ThinkPad Tablet 2.

You may be familiar with Lenovo. Although they’re not the biggest name in the hardware biz, their powerful and practical ThinkPad and IdeaPad PCs are cult favorites, particularly among the suit-and-tie crowd.

At first, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 sounds a little too pricey. At $799, this is one device that is unlikely to steer consumers away from Google’s $199 Nexus 7 or Barnes & Noble’s similarly-priced Nook tablet.

However, this is one beefy little device. It uses one of Intel’s new 1.8 GHz Clover Trail processors, meaning performance will be impressive. It has an 8-megapixel camera on board and, conveniently, ships with a slim and very mobile keyboard.

There are also some great software tools on board here, including Microsoft Office 2013. Even better, it runs on a premium version of Windows 8 (Windows 8 Pro). That means x86 applications will run wonderfully, making this eminently more useful than your average budget-priced tablet computer.

If that’s not enough, you’ll also get three USB ports, an HDMI port, and a gorgeous 10.1-inch high-definition display. A stylus slides out of the frame.

That price and those features mean this device will compete in a still-quiet part of the tech market: that lying between tablets (most of which sell for less than $500) and premium laptops and ultrabooks in the $1000-plus range.

We’re still waiting to hear if Lenovo will alter the feature list in order to draw in more consumers. Dropping the keyboard and Office 2013, for example, could help reduce the price by $200 or so.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is set for release on October 26, 2012, the same day Microsoft launches Windows 8.

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