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Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 preview: solid Windows 8 tablet

The Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 is a business tablet and competes with the HP ElitePad (opens in new tab) and the Dell Latitude 10 (opens in new tab), but these three devices all have their own individual takes on the concept. The Elitepad slightly resembles an iPad, the Latitude is a bit of a fatty and this Lenovo is different in its own right.

When you hold it in your hand without looking at it, and you're familiar with Lenovo's laptops, it's easy to tell they come from the same factory. The soft exterior and quality finish can clearly be felt. When you open your eyes, you see a sleek, black tablet with a different look. The most distinguishing external element is the stylus that's tucked into the right side of the tablet. It has a red tip and is clearly visible.

Like the other two tablets we mentioned, Lenovo has also opted for an Intel Atom Z2760 processor. It's a dual-core SOC that offers decent performance, and it's combined with 32GB or 64GB of eMMC storage. We tested the 64GB version - the model we would recommend, even if you can add storage by means of a MicroSD card. If you get the 32GB model, you can only use half of that, which is too little to be practical. The Thinkpad Tablet 2 has 2GB of RAM.

The Atom processor certainly isn't a powerhouse, but for the basic tasks of a tablet it's fast enough. The flash storage also helps with the smooth user experience of the Thinkpad Tablet 2. The version we tested weighs 575g, which is light compared to other Windows tablets and very nice to hold in your hand for longer periods. The 10.1in IPS screen has five touchpoints, however. The viewing angles are good, and the resolution is 1,366 x 768, typical for this segment. You can read the rest of Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 preview on (opens in new tab).