Say hello to the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and the ThinkPad T430u

thinkpad windows 8 tabletToday Lenovo is introducing a new tablet as well as a new ultrabook and laptop to its lineup. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 will kick off the brand’s Windows 8 tablet push, and the ThinkPad X1 Carbon will take home the title of “World’s lightest 14-inch Ultrabook,” at least, for a little while. The ThinkPad T430u, a new professional-level laptop, has also been announced.

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Check out our review of the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

The new Windows 8 tablet measures in at 9.8mm thing and weighs a little less than 1.3 lbs, complete with its 10.1-inch screen. It’s multi-finger tough capable and note-taking friendly with a built in pen and optional digitizer. Taking things a step further, there’s also a dock and keyboard that you can outfit the ThinkPad Tablet 2 with. The new device edges ever closer to desktop territory with a full-size USB port and a microSD slot.

thinkpad tablet 2Here’s a closer look at the ThinkPad Tablet 2’s specs:

  • Intel Atom processor
  • Windows 8 OS
  • 10.1-inch LED backlit anti-glare display with IPS technology; HD WXGA (1366×768)
  • Optional digitizer and pen input
  • Mini HDMI; microSD card slot; USB 2.0 port
  • Wi-Fi; 3G; 4G (US: LTE with AT&T only; rest of the world: 3G HSPA+)
  • Front-facing 2 megapixel camera with LED; rear-facing 8 megapixel 720 HP auto focus with LED flash camera

The ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be available in October. Pricing has yet to be released.

The impressively thin ThinkPad X1 Carbon also made its semi-official debut today, showing off its high-res 14-inch display and very, very thin body. Some months back, Lenovo showed off a non-working version of it, but today it was in full form. Lenovo is continuing to throw its weight behind Ultrabooks, and this one has a variety of features that make it a competitive choice – although it’s buying it now means it won’t be among the surely-hyped initial Windows 8 ultrabooks.

thinkpad x1Even still, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has built-in 3G and hotspot technology, a backlit keyboard, HD face-tracking camera, a multi-gesture glass surface touchpad, dual array microphones, and an Intel HD 4000 graphics card.

It will be available this month for $1,299.

thinkpad t430uFlying a little below the flash radar is the ThinkPad T430u Ultrabook. The new, semi-streamlined device packages the basics of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon into a similarly small package at the much more affordable price of $800. With a terabyte of storage, seven hours of battery life, built in 3G and hotspot capabilities, and NVIDIA GeForce graphics, it’s a pretty compelling ultrabook option. You are sacrificing some of the finer things that come with this high-class breed and it’s another Windows 7 device, but that $800 price tag easily helps it stand out. It’s available this month as well. 

We’ll have hands on coverage with the new releases shortly.