Leaked Lenovo Windows 8 Tablet Could Hint At What's Inside Surface

Microsoft's Surface tablet is one of the most exciting products we've heard about in a long time, but for everything the company did to whet our appetite, it left us with plenty of questions about the tablet's guts. Tech In 5 has obtained what appear to be leaked slides detailing the forthcoming Lenovo "Windows 8 ThinkPad Tablet 2". Could this be our first look at what Surface and its competition will look like inside?

Even though Lenovo goes to pains to compare the Windows 8 ThinkPad Tablet to an iPad, its real competition will be Microsoft Surface. In particular, it's interesting to hear about the tablet's chipset. It packs an Intel Cloverview Dual Core Atom processor. Atom processors are notorious battery killers, but Lenovo seems to think that it can get 10 hours out of it.

What else? The 10.1-inch tablet is 9.8mm thick (slightly fatter than the 9.4mm Surface) and weighs 680g (same as Surface). The screen has 1366x768 resolution, which is slightly higher than 720p but lower than Surface's 1080p display. It's got 2GB of memory, built-in stereo speakers, an HD front-facing camera, NFC and a fingerprint reader.

There's no word on when this tablet might ship or what it'll cost, but there's no reason not to expect it shortly after Windows 8 is released at the end of October. [Neowin via Techin5]



    ThinkPad - HDMI, USB & SD VS IPAD - Ziiiiip....!!

      the only line that I had a look at ... and I want one

        Pretty sure all that stuff will come with the Surface and more.

        Lenovo have a bit of a reputation for making budget hardware, so unless you really want a cheap Windows 8 tablet, I'd wait for the Surface or something from the other manufacturers. Personally I'm waiting for the Surface Pro.

          Depends if you but the THink or Idea line of products,... The THink series have always been good quality AFAIK

    Still looking to get the Surface though.

    Best thing will be my work is paying for it (test devices :D)

      Worst thing about the surface is waiting for the x86-64 version.

      Asus ep121, you have life left in you yet!

    Looks interesting. What super, magic, battery technology have they got. 10hrs? If that was the case everyone would be using Intel for tablet processors. I thought it might be the an RT tablet but it says Tablet+PC Apps.

    Of course, where this falls apart completely is that MS have already said that Surface will use either ARM-based SoCs or Core i5, which means this Atom powered tablet is nothing like Surface. I'd also suggest that just because old Atom chips may have been battery killers doesn't mean any new line bearing the Atom name must necessarily follow suit. This thing has an interesting asymmetric design, though.

    Surface Pro will kick any Atom's arse for capability, but competition is always welcome and I've no doubt that an Atom-powered Win8 (not WinRT) tablet will be a LOT cheaper than Surface Pro.

    Having said that, I'd still get Surface RT over this.

      Why? I think the RT limitations would start to chaff very quickly and even an Atom-based tablet running proper Windows would do lots of things an ARM based device couldn't.

    Lenovo needs to have some amazing keyboard tool for this to outsell the Surface...

    ATM unless the Surface does not come with a WiFi+3g model this would be my next step in the tablet space...

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