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Lenovo Reportedly Working on Windows RT Tablet Too

Back in June, Microsoft unveiled its first tablet effort, the Microsoft Surface. The company actually unveiled two different versions of the Surface, a Wintel model based on Intel's Core i5 CPU, and an ARM-based Windows RT model. And it looks like Microsoft isn't the only company with plans to produce both Windows RT and regular Windows 8 slates. Word on the street is that Lenovo, which just official confirmed its Atom-based ThinkPad 2, is planning a Windows RT slate, too.

Rumor has it Lenovo is teaming up with Nvidia to build Windows RT tablets. The Wall Street Journal cites those oh-so-common "people familiar with the matter" that say Lenovo is working on a convertible notebook/tablet (a concept similar to the Yoga, pictured right) that runs on an Nvidia processor and the ARM version of Windows 8. Details on the device are scant, but it's thought Lenovo plans to release it at the same time as the ThinkPad 2, a Windows 8 slate based on an Intel CPU. Interestingly enough, the ThinkPad 2, with its full version of Windows 8, is not a convertible. Though it comes with a detachable keyboard, that's an optional accessory and must be purchased separately. Windows RT can only officially run software available through the Windows Store or included in Windows RT, and therefore offers a slightly slimmed down experience.

The ThinkPad 2 packs a 10-inch 1366 x 768 IPS HD display, an Atom processor, an 8-megapixel camera in the back and a 2-megapixel camera up front for video calling, micro-HDMI, NFC, a fingerprint reader, and a pen. There's also going to be optional 3G/4G and the obligatory dock, which adds a little more functionality and can be purchased along with tablet. In the ThinkPad 2's case, the dock will bring HDMI-out, an Ethernet port, and three USB ports. In addition to this dock, there's also a keyboard peripheral.

Windows 8 is due out October 26. Lenovo's Windows 8 offering are expected after that date.

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  • boiler1990
    I wonder if the RT tablets would eventually die off if Intel's Medfield (and future SoCs) improved to and beyond ARM's offerings. Then there wouldn't ever be any software compatibility issues thanks to x86, and RT tablets would effectively become fully-fledged PC tablets.
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  • ekho
    boiler1990I wonder if the RT tablets would eventually die off if Intel's Medfield (and future SoCs) improved to and beyond ARM's offerings. Then there wouldn't ever be any software compatibility issues thanks to x86, and RT tablets would effectively become fully-fledged PC tablets.
    You are probably wrong.
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  • AndrewMD
    This is exactly what Acer should be working on instead of bad mouthing and pissing off Microsoft.

    Good for Lenovo for making this!
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  • Medfield already beats ARM in many categories and remember this isn't the phone Medfield, this is a dual core clocked up version of Medfield. It is beefier in every way and is also dual core in most models. The isue is price. The ARM tablets can be made cheaper still (slightly) and thus may offer a higher profit, plus, Windows RT is cheaper and those savings are offered to the end user. Of course, then you're stuck with the MS Store if you buy one but that is on you.
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  • math1337
    So... a tablet that can't run any windows programs. I'd rather get a droid/iPad.
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  • hp79
    math1337So... a tablet that can't run any windows programs. I'd rather get a droid/iPad.Except a lite version of Office. I wish there was a lite version Office for Windows too. I'd get a Surface Pro even if I have to pay double the price of ARM version.
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  • damianrobertjones
    math1337So... a tablet that can't run any windows programs. I'd rather get a droid/iPad.
    Bit of a silly statement when it's not even out yet or reviewed.
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  • ojas
    Hey i just discovered that SiSoftware's releasing Sandra for other platforms (Android, WP) as well:
    http://www.sisoftware.net/?d=dload&f=sware_dl_all&l=en&a

    And, i believe they've used the Android version to benchmark Medfield. It's an interesting read, because they've got native performance too:
    http://www.sisoftware.net/?d=qa&f=xolo
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  • xerroz
    math1337So... a tablet that can't run any windows programs. I'd rather get a droid/iPad.From experience the many fragmented android version that are using in tablets today are crap most of the time. Don't run smoothly, aren't optimized or efficient. Windows 8 will change all of that to make a tablet that can be considered a true competitor to the iPad - possibly even better (The Pro tablet at least).
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  • rebel1280
    "10-inch 1366 x 768 IPS HD display, an Atom processor" - No thanks, phones have a better resolution and Intel has better processor than a freaking Atom. Im assuming its x86 based because if its not, wow, there are WAY better processors that are less power hungry than an atom. THIS is where AMD should be putting a flag down and claiming it as their territory. Cant compete with Intel on mid to high end but products like this would be perfect for their APUs.
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