As smaller tablets like the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini have gained traction, we knew it was only a matter of time before these became a more popular breed among different platforms and OEMs. Microsoft’s answer to this new market is Windows 8.1, though Redmond’s strategy was to bring us more powerful tablets by allowing us to use a full desktop operating system on an 8-inch tablet. Both Dell and Toshiba have pioneered this market with their inexpensive offerings late last year, but none of these companies offered us a really powerful business tablet, as Lenovo claims to do so with their products announced today.
Lenovo’s new ThinkPad 8 has just been announced at CES 2014, and it does offer certain specifications that are hard to find on inexpensive Windows tablets. For starters, the device includes a 1920 x 1200 display, has an aluminum chassis, includes micro-HDMI support, plus optional 4G connectivity, all of which are rare in competitors. Probably one of the only places where we’ll have to disagree with Lenovo’s claim is with the fact that they didn’t include an active digitizer for pen support, which can currently be found on Dell’s Venue 8 Pro tablet.
The rest of its specifications include a quad-core Bay Trail processor (the Intel’s Z3770 chip, to be exact), along with 2GB of RAM and up to 128GB of built-in storage. Lenovo also claims to offer eight hours of battery life, which should also compete well with existing models.
The device should begin landing on retail stores later this month for $399, though we still don’t have the price for its 4G variant. Would you consider this to be a true Windows 8 business tablet as Lenovo claims or not? Make sure you share your thoughts in the comments.