Lenovo’s new ThinkPad 10 tablet may look unusual, but it’s certainly versatile

Lenovo announced the ThinkPad 10, its second-generation tablet all-rounder, designed to be equally happy at work as it is passing leisure time. The tablet runs Windows 10, and as the name suggests, displays the OS on a big 10.1-inch touchscreen. Here’s what you need to know about Lenovo’s new multipurpose slate.

The 10.1-inch screen has a 1,900 x 1,200 pixel resolution, and is hidden behind a sheet of Gorilla Glass 3. Power comes from a choice of processor — either the Intel Atom Z8500 or Z8700 — and each chip is matched with either 2GB or 4GB of RAM. There’s also a choice of internal storage space, with 64GB or 128GB offered. The design itself is unusual, with two rounded corners at the top, which are squared off on the opposite side.

It’s not the lightest tablet out there at 617 grams — nearly 200 grams more than the Apple iPad Air 2 — or the slimmest at 9.1mm, but it’s certainly versatile, thanks to a range of accessories. These include two different types of keyboards, a dock, plus Lenovo’s ThinkPad Pen Pro. The stylus can be matched with Lenovo’s WriteIt app, where you can scribble anywhere on the screen and see it converted over to digital text.

On the rear is a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash, and there’s a basic 1.2-megapixel video call cam on the front. Plus, there are stereo speakers, three microphones, and the option of speccing a fingerprint scanner and smart card reader. The ThinkPad 10 will be sold as a Wi-Fi model, with either 3G or 4G LTE connectivity. Lenovo promises up to 10 hours use from the battery.

How much will you pay for this business and pleasure mashup, that offers desktop-style computing inside a handy tablet? Lenovo’s starting the ThinkPad 10 off at $550 in the summer, but you’ll pay another $40 for the ThinkPad Pen Pro, $130 for the dock, and $110 for the basic keyboard, if you want the full computing experience.

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