Lenovo announced its new ThinkPad Tablet 2 earlier in August and showed it to an audience of journalists and analysts at IFA today while shying away from saying whether a Windows RT tablet will be released anytime soon.
It is reminiscent of the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook/Amazon Kindle Fire with which it shares well defined edges and minimalist curves.
The Tablet 2 was shown complete with its Bluetooth keyboard docking station with the signature ThinkPad “nipple” trackpoint. Lenovo was keen to highlight the fact that neither the tablet nor its docking station were final products.
Features include a full size USB port, an 8-megapixel rear camera, compatibility with entreprise apps such as Microsoft Lync and Sharepoint as well as support for legacy ones such as Quicken.
Interestingly enough, it is powered by an unidentified Intel Atom Clover Trail processor, possibly the Z2580 which is a dual-core model with a PowerVR SGX 544MP2 GPU.
Lenovo’s EMEA boss, former Acer chief, Gianfranco Lanci went on record to say that it doesn’t particularly miffed by Microsoft’s decision to launch Surface and Surface Pro, as it provides with a good advertisement for Windows 8 as a tablet platform, potentially setting the trend (and the baseline) for other OEMs to follow and surpass.