Looking for a new tablet? You may want to take a look at the upcoming Lenovo ThinkPad 10 and ASUS K01A. On the other hand, if you believe the traditional laptop form factor can’t be beaten, you may have your eyes on the Samsung Chromebook 2. Sadly, you will have to wait a bit before you can buy it.
We have seen enough leaks of the Lenovo ThinkPad 10. If you are tired of rumors and have been hoping for more concrete details, today is your day. Lenovo’s Australian website has put the TinkPad 10 product page live, along with all the juicy specs and press images!
ThinkPad tablets have been among the best Windows 8 devices out there, with great build quality and an elegant design. Though these are mostly made with business in mind, they are also great devices for the general consumer.
The ThinkPad 10 should be great for both play and work, featuring very decent specs, convenient portability, a larger display (compared to the ThinkPad 8) and a very productive keyboard. With prices starting at about €600, it’s not a bad deal, either.
Lenovo ThinkPad 10 specs
- 10.1-inch 1920x1200p IPS Display
- Intel® Atom™ Processor Z3795 SoC (Quad-Core)
- Windows 8.1 32-bit (64-bit and Professional 64-bit coming soon)
- 2 GB of RAM (4 GB coming soon)
- 64 GB of internal storage (128 GB coming soon)
- 8MP/2MP cameras
- 4G model available
- 33Whr battery
Opinion: I used the ThinkPad 8 at CES and completely fell in love with it. It is probably my favorite 8-inch tablet to-date. It’s very slim (looks a lot like an iPad Mini) and well-built. Not to mention, very good looking.
Having a full desktop operating system is also convenient for professionals who need a portable computer that offers the functionality of a PC with the convenience of a tablet.
An ASUS K01A tablet has just passed through the FCC. It should be a one to keep in mind if you are looking for an affordable pad. We don’t have images, but we have been digging a bit and found some specs for you.
ASUS K01A specs
- 7-inch 1024x600p display
- 4 GB of internal storage
- WiFi N and Bluetooth 4.0
- Front and back cameras (unknown MP)
- 3200 mAh battery
Opinion: Based on the specs, this tablet should not cost very much. The market is already a bit saturated with affordable tablets, but we know ASUS is very good at making good devices with low prices. Let’s hope they can make the K01A worth our attention!
Samsung seems to be running into some issues while trying to release the Chromebook 2. The device has been delayed until late May, when it was supposed to start shipping this April 28th (in just a few days). This is one of the most anticipated Chrome OS laptops in 2014, so we are sure this is not great news to some of you.
The Korean manufacturer won’t say what the issue is, but one thing is for certain – this must be an unfortunate event for those who have pre-ordered the laptop. You will now have to wait about an extra month to get your Chromebook 2…. Ouch.
This delay seems to apply to both versions: the 11-inch ($320) and 13-inch ($400) versions. So don’t be too worried if yours doesn’t arrive next week.
Opinion: I hate to see delays that are over a few days long. Especially for devices as popular as the Chromebook 2. There should be no issues with launches of these magnitude. I would cancel my pre-order right away, but that is just me. How many of you are planning to get one of these?