If you thought the Microsoft Surface was only Windows product worth referring to, think again. Lenovo just exposed the first MS Windows 8 product to load up an Intel mobile chip, making it a full-on MS Windows PC in a very light body.
The product is known as the ThinkPad Tablet 2 (Lenovo has never been good at labeling things), and it’s an amazing piece of components. It has a 10.1-inch display, is 0.39 inches wide and is just 1.3 pounds when weighed.
The celebrity of this show is Intel’s Clover Trial processor chip, though. Before the Tablet 2, MS windows 8 tablets had to be either Windows RT devices, which cannot run old Windows applications and look to provide less than the complete Windows experience, or gadgets with power-hungry Intel Core processors, requiring larger and chilling fans.
Clover Trial, theoretically, gets you the best of both worlds. It’s an Intel Atom system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor, signifying that it’s developed for performance and mobility, ending the need for meaning this is fully featured Windows PC capable of running Windows 8 Pro, the “proper” edition of Office, along with your Windows 7 apps.
Intel-Powered Windows 8 Tablets to launch in November
Besides its great processor chip, the Tablet 2 has small HDMI and USB 2.0 slots, a microSD card port and stereo speakers. Options include 3G/4G connection, NFC (near-field communication) processor chip, finger marks reader and keyboard connector.
Handling the Tablet 2 for a few moments, we found it to be surprisingly light. It’s hard to believe that you are managing a real PC. Hitting and scrolling through a few applications, it was very aware of the touch with no faltering. The shiny 1,366 x 768 anti-glare show seemed great.
Sadly, Lenovo has not uncovered the one specification that really matters: the price. It’s still a big query as to what a full-featured Windows 8 product is going to cost. Microsoft has said the Surface Pro — which is based on an Intel Core processor chip, not Clover Trial — will be “on par” with Ultrabooks, but we’re expecting the absence of keyboard might cut off a respectable amount. We probably will not know until October, when both Windows 8 and the Tablet 2 will be on store racks.