The ThinkPad name is usually associated with business. That said, Lenovo’s previous ThinkPad tablet, an 8” offering, was probably a little too small for most people looking to get some serious work done. That changes with the new ThinkPad 10, a 10.1” tablet that should be dropping sometime next week.
The ThinkPad 1o will have a 10.1” 1920 x 1200 resolution IPS display with 10-point multitouch. The tablet will run on a quad core Intel Atom Z3795 SoC, one of the better mobile processors Intel is shipping out commercially right now. That will be strong enough to power Windows 8.1. You’ll also have the option of getting 64-bit Windows 8.1, which will come with 128 GB of internal storage, as opposed to 64 GB with the 32-bit version. You’ll also have your pick between 2 GB and 4 GB of RAM.
As for cameras, both will be capable of 1080p quality, so the ThinkPad 10 should be solid for video calls. You’ll get a 2 MP front-facing camera and an 8 MP rear-facing camera with auto focus and flash. On the edges, there’s a micro SD card slot, a Micro HDMI port, and USB 2.0 port. Lenovo is putting battery life at about 10 hours.
The ThinkPad 10 has a premium feel, too. The body has an aluminum finish, and the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. Depending on which version you get, the tablet is anywhere between 598 grams and 660 grams (1.31 lbs-1.46 lbs), and is 8.95 mm thick regardless.
There are a lot of extras here, too. A digitizer pen comes with the tablet, but there are quite a few optional accessories that you can purchase, too, which are particularly important if you’re looking at this as a potential work tablet. There will be an Ultrabook keyboard ($129), a tablet dock ($119), and a Quickshot cover ($59) at launch, with a rugged case ($69) and a touch case ($119) coming sometime in summer. Lenovo hasn’t yet confirmed how much the ThinkPad 10 itself will cost, but we should all find out sooner rather than later.