Lenovo Launches Two Business Devicesby Brett Howse on May 13, 2014 7:00 PM EST
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Lenovo utilized its Accelerate 2014 Partner Forum in Orlando to launch two new devices under its “Think” brand which are aimed at the business user. The first is a Windows 8.1 tablet, and the second is an entry level workstation.
The ThinkPad 10 is a 10.1” tablet powered by the familiar Intel Bay Trail-T Atom SoC, with this tablet sporting the 1.6 GHz Z3795 version of the chip which launched in Q1’2014. The Z3795 is a quad core CPU with a max Turbo frequency of 2.4 GHz. It includes Intel HD Graphics with a base frequency of 311 MHz and a burst frequency of 778 MHz. It supports up to 4 GB of memory in dual channel LPDDR3, and unlike most 10” Bay Trail tablets, the ThinkPad 10 will offer the choice of 2 GB or 4 GB of memory.
Also unusual in the 10” Windows tablet market is the display. The ThinkPad 10 has a 1920x1200 resolution which matches the ThinkPad 8 mini tablet announced at CES. The IPS display features Corning Gorilla glass and ten point multitouch. One of the biggest features of the display over most other Windows tablets is the inclusion of an active digitizer and pen.
To round out the offering, the ThinkPad 10 will come with Windows 8.1, a choice of 64 GB or 128 GB storage with a 64 bit OS, an 8 MP rear camera with flash, and cellular broadband with 3G/4G LTE as an option. Prices for the tablet start at $599 with availability expected in June.
A myriad of accessories were also displayed for the tablet. The first was an ultrabook style keyboard which the tablet can dock into magnetically. Unlike a true clamshell dock, there is no adjustment of screen angle however, with the tablet docking into a specified slot. The tablet will also dock into the keyboard in a closed state, so it can be used for transport. The keyboard dock also includes a spot for the pen, which unfortunately has nowhere to store it directly on the tablet. The next case is the Touch case, which also attaches magnetically and provides a keyboard much like the Surface touch cover with flush keys. Also shown was the Quick Shot cover, with the same quick access to the camera as shown on the ThinkPad 8 version. The final case shown was a ruggedized case with a silicon outer shell around a hard plastic interior, a hand strap, a screen protector, and port covers. The final accessory is a docking station to use the tablet on a desk connected to a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. The ruggedized case also integrates with the dock by having a fold away door so the tablet can dock with the case still attached.
|Two in One Computers|
|Lenovo ThinkPad 10||Asus Transformer Book T100||Microsoft Surface 2|
D: 8.95mm (16.95mm w/ Smart Card Reader)
H: 0.41" (10.5mm)
W: 10.35" (263mm)
D: 6.73" (171mm)
H: 0.35" (8.9mm)
W: 10.81" (274mm)
D: 6.79" (172mm)
|Weight||598g (WiFi), 610g (WWAN), 660g (Smart Card Reader)||1.21lbs (550g)||1.49lbs (676g)|
|CPU||Intel Bay Trail-T Z3795||Intel Bay Trail-T Z3740||NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40|
|GPU||Intel HD Graphics||Intel HD Graphics||NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40|
|RAM||2/4 GB LPDDR3||2 GB LPDDR3||2 GB LPDDR3|
|Storage||64-128 GB||32-64 GB||32-64 GB|
|Display Size and Resolution||10.1" 1920x1200||10.1" 1366x768||10.6" 1920x1080|
|Battery||Rated at 10 hours, no size specified||31 Wh||31.5 Wh|
|Price||$599 with pen||$349 with keyboard||$449 without keyboard|
The second device announced today is the ThinkStation P300, available both as a Tower and Small Form Factor. CPU options include Intel Core i3, i5, i7, or Xenon X3-1200v3 processors. On the GPU side, Intel HD P4600 Graphics is the baseline, with optional NVidia Quadro K600 in the SFF, or K4000 in the tower model. As with any workstation class device, ECC memory is available, with up to 32 GB of capacity.
The Tower version has room inside for up to four 3.5” hard drives with the SFF supporting two 3.5” and one 2.5” internally. Both models offer 24 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB of storage in mSATA. There is a large selection of PCI-E slots, as well as a PCI slot, as well as optional ports such as Firewire and Serial. Unfortunately the device only ships with a single Ethernet port. The optional ports are part of what Lenovo calls its FLEX module which allows customers to specify ports required at the time of purchase.
The ThinkStation P300 starts at $729 with availability in June. Once available on the Lenovo site, we should have a better idea of what kind of hardware options that can be configured.
I’ve reached out to Lenovo to get a full set of specifications for both announcements, and will update this post with them when they are available.
Update: Lenovo has provided the detailed specs for the ThinkPad 10 and ThinkStation P300. In addition to other features noted, there will also be a verison of the ThinkPad 10 with a built-in Smart Card reader which should appeal to many companies which rely on Smart Cards.
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kyuu - Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - linkWRT the tablet, with the base specs of 2GB of RAM and 64GB of memory going for $599, this doesn't seem like the greatest value. You can get nearly identical specs for $200 less with the HP Omni 10, for example. Yeah, it's a slightly faster CPU and you get the active digitizer, but that's not worth a $200 premium for me.
Of course, I'm speaking from the point of view of a consumer. Perhaps it's different from a business point of view.
kyuu - Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - link64GB of (presumably eMMC) storage, not memory.**
frostyfiredude - Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - link600$ makes it the cheapest Wacom full sized tablet with 64GB of storage, that I can think of anyway. Business, students and possibly some artists too would find this a solid option from where I'm sitting.
kkwst2 - Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - linkYou can pick up Surface Pro refurb for quite a bit less, but I guess that is cheating.
kyuu - Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - linkIs the digitizer Wacom? I haven't seen anywhere that specified.
But I suppose you're right, it would seem to be the cheapest 10" Windows tab around with an active digitizer, barring refurb Surface Pros.
damianrobertjones - Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - linkIf you find a picture of the stylus you'll see that it is Wacom
JeffFlanagan - Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - linkWith the way prices are dropping, I don't see how I can possibly not get a Windows 8 tablet in the next year. Being able to run desktop software on a sub-$1K tablet makes this very attractive.
Guinpen - Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - linkHmm, I wonder if Ubuntu would work well on this tablet.
damianrobertjones - Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - linkProbably not.
thrawn3 - Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - linkThat resolution means 16:10 and that alone is a major reason to consider buying this. I already own a T100 and it is great and Bay Trail is far better then I expected.
My remaining question is will the drivers for pulling data in sleep be available for 64bit windows by the time this sells? If not it is a major knock against it.