The Lenovo ThinkPad 8 is the first 8 inch tablet from Lenovo that really targets business users, packing a really good looking Full HD 8″ display, Intel’s Bay Trail processor platform and Windows 8.1 backed with a Microsoft Office. Check out this unboxing and detailed video from Nicole Scott.
The Lenovo ThinkPad 8 is one of a number of arguably more polished Windows 8 tablets that are targeting the more professional end user, traditionally served by notebook PCs. A larger screen running a familiar Windows OS means that business users and students that are locked into a Microsoft eco-system in terms of apps and services, can transition to a tablet device.
Although for many users, the tablet may remain a companion device to the laptop, the market (perhaps not for the first time) seems about ready to for a real business/education oriented tablet, not least because the margins will be more promising than the race-to-the-bottom, entry-level consumer devices. Samsung’s Note Pro 12.2 is another example of this recent trend of vendors bolstering the business-class product portfolio with a high-end tablet.
Lenovo Thinkpad 8: Specifications
• 8.3″ (1920 x 1200) Full HD
• 273 ppi / 10 point Multi-Touch
• Intel Z3770 Quad-Core 2.4GHz (Bay Trail)
• Intel HD Graphics (DX11, OCL 1,1 OGL 3.2)
• 2GB DDR3L RAM
• 32GB/64GB/128GB Internal Storage
• 8MP Rear Camera w/Auto Focus and Flash
• 2MP Front Camera
• 4G LTE/3G or Wi-Fi only
• 1 x Micro USB3.0, 1 x HDMI, MicroSD, MicroSIM (optional)
• GPS, A-GPS
• Stereo Speakers with Dolby Home Theater
• 132mm x 224.3mm x 8.8mm
• 430 grams (Wi-Fi), 430 grams (4G/3G)
• Microsoft Windows 8.1 + Microsoft Office
Professional usage implies a need for leading-edge build quality, with displays that offer a great multi-finger, smear-free touch experience; and that’s what we have here with the ThinkPad 8. The display not only looks fantastic, but it has superb viewing angles and incorporates some really good anti-smudge technology. The built-in HDMI port will make it easy for syncing up at home with a Full HD display, while the USB 3.0 port is something that we’ve been hoping to see more of, as it makes serious data back and syncing so much faster. It is almost scandalous that we’ve had to wait so long for USB 3.0 to become standard, when the PC market has enjoyed it for several years already.