Lenovo's debut Windows 8 tablet priced at $799

Lenovo logoLenovo's Windows 8 tablet, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 (including its keyboard dock), will retail for $799, the company told WP Central Thursday. The 10.1-inch tablet has a 1366x768 display and a reported battery life of ten hours.

Previously the ThinkPad Tablet 2 was rumored to be between $600 and $700 in price, though most of the speculation was unclear about whether the keyboard would be included (for some Windows 8 tablets like the Asus Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT, docks are sold separately). Lenovo may be wise to keep the pieces bundled together, as Microsoft's own hardware choices have implied Windows 8 is an anger-making experience without a separate keyboard. The full version of Office 2013 is included, but it's unclear whether the docks that add an Ethernet port, HDMI, and three USB ports will be in the box as well.

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

We can't say that we're huge fans of the keyboard dock we've seen appearing alongside the ThinkPad Tablet 2, due to the fact that it forces the tablet to sit at a fixed angle. Clamshell designs that allow the tablet to close against a keyboard are a little more appealing, but we're not without alternatives, like the HP Envy X2.

WP Central notes that the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is targeted more at enterprise than consumers, and that Lenovo's RT tablet segment will likely hit a $300-$600 price range. The tablet's speculated release date is October 26, right alongside Windows 8 itself.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Lenovo, tablets, Windows 8

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