There’s a solid reason Lenovo refused to endorse Microsoft’s Surface Pro family a while back, as more than any other PC manufacturer, it feels it’s got a chance to compete in the increasingly cutthroat convertible space.

As expected for a good few months now, a new 2-in-1 Windows tablet debuts at CES, with more than just a detachable keyboard in tow however. Don’t get us wrong, the Type Cover-rivaling dock looks pretty great, full-sized, well-spaced and all, complemented by an “iconic” TrackPoint and three adjustable typing angles.

But it’s three other accessories that steal the spotlight, despite driving the price of the ensemble to prohibitive heights. By itself, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet will cost $899 in an entry-level configuration, which isn’t too expensive for Intel Core M power and 10-hour battery endurance.

If you’d like to add another five hours of autonomy into the mix, plus HDMI and USB ports, a “Productivity Module” can be easily attached to the base of the device, setting you back an extra $150. Business professionals will also be able to attain pico projection and 3D imaging functions starting May in exchange for $280 and $150 respectively.

The modular approach is definitely a new one for tablets and laptops, although various smartphone manufacturers have experimented with similar concepts, extended to more components, for a couple of years now.

The clip-on accessories of the 12-inch ThinkPad X1 Tablet should help it stand out from the growing crowd of Surface Pro “killers”, especially combined with a lightweight design. The ThinkPad X1 family also includes a refreshed 14-inch Yoga model, and straightforward, non-convertible Carbon ultrabook.

Source: Lenovo Newsroom

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