A leaked marketing document from Lenovo has revealed that their upcoming Windows 8 tablet, dubbed the ThinkPad Tablet 2, is aiming to compete by targeting professional users in the enterprise market.
The document, leaked to The Verge, offers up direct comparisons to the Apple iPad and an “XYZ Tablet with Win 8 RT” to demonstrate exactly what features the tablet has to offer above and beyond the others from a business standpoint.
The ThinkPad tablet is reportedly powered by a dual-core Intel Clover Trail processor and has 2 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, HDMI video output, a 10.1-inch WXGA display and 10 hours of battery life. Other features that should appeal to business owners are optional support for pen input, NFC, a fingerprint reader, a dock that includes a keyboard, and LTE/HSPA+ connectivity.
This is a very strategic move on Lenovo’s part to target the many companies that operate on a Windows-based infrastructure. They are positioning the ThinkPad as a more secure device that will integrate better into company networks and allow IT departments to have complete control of the devices – music to the ears of many CIOs.
However, they will be fighting directly against the recent BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement of workers bringing their own personal devices of choice to work. Many IT departments have begun to embrace the movement as it lowers device procurement costs and often also reduces the need for support as users are more familiar with how their own devices operate. It will be interesting to see the impact the upcoming Windows 8 tablets will have on this movement, and whether companies will want to make the investment to integrate the new devices into their infrastructure.
Lenovo first revealed the prototype for their Windows 8 back in June at Computex Taipei, and it has since passed through the FCC for certification. This latest leak indicates that the tablet is likely closer to production than previously thought, and might be ready to release along with the Windows 8 launch on October 26th.
[via The Verge]