With Windows 8’s general availability pegged for October 26th, several OEMs — Asus, HP, Fujitsu, Samsung, and others — have already announced their first tablet devices built just for Windows 8. And of course, Lenovo will also be throwing its hat into the ring. Today, the company announced their first Windows 8 tablet, the ThinkPad Tablet 2.
It packs a 10.1 inch multi-touch display (which can also handle pen/stylus input), measures in at 9.8 mm thin, and weighs less than 600 grams (1.3 pounds). Under the hood, the tablet is powered by a next-generation Intel Atom processor and will run Windows 8 Pro. Clearly, it’s targeted more towards professionals over the average consumer, and the price point will rightfully reflect that.
So, with that being said, how does Lenovo feel about the Surface? According to Acer — who previously urged Microsoft to “think twice” about making the device — the device will have a “huge negative impact” on the ecosystem. Dilip Bhatia, vice president and general manager of the ThinkPad business unit holds a different view altogether. He says that Lenovo isn’t worried about the Surface as it doesn’t step on the ThinkPad’s toes at all, and thinks that it’s a good thing that it is stirring up excitement around the Windows 8 tablet ecosystem as a whole:
“Microsoft is a strategic partner for us. The Surface has brought more excitement to the marketplace. The ThinkPad tablet is focused after the business individual; the Surface is more geared towards the consumer offering,” he said.