What to expect from Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2?
I am the proud owner of the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet, which entered the market in the fall of 2011 - this is the first Lenovo tablet and, I want to say, made a worthy competition to rivals. The first Thinkpad Tablet, it’s not just another “tablet” with a standard set of features, it brought its Thinkpad-zest: the use of the tablet as a digitizer and the classic Thinkpad-keyboard with an unprecedented optical touchpad. Not without a fly in the ointment - on the 17th, I posted an angry post to the Android OS address just considering it on this device. As it turned out in communication with the hawkers, not on all Android devices the user interface is prone to slowdown.
Lenovo's new device has been available for sale since January 2013. The heart of the device is the processor of the latest generation Intel Atom x86 SoC, and the face is Windows 8 or 8 Pro, depending on the configuration, the options that will be considered at the end. The device has several advantages and disadvantages, in general, it is positioned as a device located between Surface RT and Surface Pro, but it has one property that is already characteristic of the series - a digitizer that is sensitive to pressure and recognizes handwriting. Due to this, the device receives a considerable bonus, since it can be used for drawing and working in graphic packages, and also greatly simplifies the use of the classic windows software for manipulating small graphic objects - buttons, menus, links - something that is difficult to get with a finger.
|CPU||Intel Atom Z2760 , 32bit, 2xCore, 4xThread (HT), up to 1.8 GHz, integrated graphics|
|operating system||Windows 8 x86 (32bit), Windows 8 Pro x86 (32bit)|
|Display||10.1 "16: 9 IPS, LED-backlight, anti-glare, 5-point multitouch. Resolution HD WXGA 1366x768 (720p)|
|Video||Intel® Integrated HD SGX545 GFx (12 bit, 1080p video @ 30fs, DX9)|
|RAM||2GB LPDDR2 SDRAM|
|Battery||2-cell, 30 Wh |
10 hours video playback 720p
150 hours MP3 playback with off display
|AC adapter||5V 10W AC / DC Adapter|
|Dimensions||262.6 x 164.6 x 9.8 mm|
|Weight||565g - only WiFi |
585g - WiFi and handle
600g - WiFi, handle and 3G
|Speakers||2 Stereo, 1W, 8ohm|
|Buttons||Windows and on / off, volume, screen rotation lock, cut|
|Cameras||Front 2MP 720p |
Rear 8MP auto-focus, LED flash, motion-JPG
|Ports||1 USB 2.0 |
1 Mini HDMI
1 MicroSD slot
1 Docking connector
1 3.5 microphone / headphones combos
sensor proximity sensor
|Communications||WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n |
NFC (only in version without 3G / 4G)
3G / 4G LTE Gobi 4000 optional
DesignIn my opinion, the design of the device was a success. The front side looks like 90% of all tablets, except that Lenovo has traditionally added a screen rotation lock button - very handy. The back can indulge the tactile sensations of the fingers with its soft-touch surface, as well as an unusual asymmetric design. The thickness of the tablet is only 9.8 mm. The “main” tablet of this niche is Microsoft Surface, 9.3 mm thick for the Windows RT version and 13.5 mm thick for the Pro version. I note that with Lenovo both editions of the OS run on the same device.
The handwriting pen has a nice design and is similar in size to a regular fountain pen. The handle is hidden in a vertical pocket on the tablet in the upper left side of the case.
Screen soundA feature of the display in Thinkpad models is the presence of a barely noticeable grid on a dark screen, which ensures the operation of the digitizer. 1366x768 resolution has become the standard for tablets and most 15 "laptops - very convenient for daily work and watching movies in 720p quality. Gorilla-glass is missing. The sound is better compared to the previous model - now we have 2 speakers and more volume.
PerformanceThe device runs on the Intel Atom SoC platform - all on a chip. The processor used is labeled Z2760 and on the market quite recently - went on sale in the 3rd quarter of 2012. Memory Used by LPDDR2 - This is the new Low Power DDR standard. On the one hand, this gives a great advantage compared to Surface - the battery life is almost double that of a Microsoft product. On the other hand, Surface based on the Core i5 processor is significantly 3 times faster than Lenovo. For me personally, the time is more important than speed in this case.
The HDD uses a 64GB e-MMC memory of which 15GB is occupied by the OS, 40GB is available to the user and another 8GB is occupied by the recovery partition, which can be deleted if desired by creating a recovery disk on USB.
Windows Performance Index
|Lenovo TPT2||Surface pro||Notebook Core2Duo *|
|Graphics for games||3.3||6.4||3.3|
|Lenovo TPT2||Surface pro||Dell Latitude 10|
|Download from||~ 15||~ 10||~ 15|
|Geekbench||~ 1500||~ 5500||~ 1300|
|Battery h: mm||~ 10||~ 4: 30||~ 7: 15|
InterfacesThe most important interface for me in devices of this type is the USB port. In this device, USB can give the consumer a maximum of 2.5 watts, so you cannot connect an external HDD. But flash drives, printers and other peripherals with additional power supply - no problem. If you purchase a docking station for $ 99, then you will have additional “powered” USB ports. Another USB port - microUSB is used for charging.
Quite interesting is the optional access modem in 3G / 4G LTE network - Gobi 4000 . It supports a large number of standards and high speeds in different networks:
- LTE speed 100Mbps down / 50Mbps up
- HSDPA cat 20 (up to cat 24 after updating the firmware), HSUPA cat 6, GPRS class 10, EDGE class 12
- LTE bands
- Band 1 (Tx: 2100MHz)
- Band 4 (AWS) (1700 / 2100MHz)
- Band 17 (700 MHz)
- UMTS (WCDMA) / HSDPA / HSUPA / HSPA + / DC-HSPA + bands
- Band 1 (2100MHz)
- Band 2 (1900MHz)
- Band 5 (850MHz)
- Band 6 (800MHz)
- GSM / GPRS / EDGE data at 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 1900 MHz
- GPS data at 1575.42MHz
- EDGE Power Class for 850 / 900MHz, Class E2, 27dBm, 0.5W
- EDGE Power Class for 1800 / 1900MHz, Class E2, 26dBm, 0.4W
- EGSM 900 / GSM 850 Power Class 4: 2W, 33dBm
- GSM1800 / 1900 power Class 1: 1W, 30dBm
Other interfaces are not of great interest for description: microSD, SIM-receiver, mini HDMI.
CameraJudging by the pictures and videos on the Internet taken with a Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 camera, the quality of the camera has become significantly higher than that of its predecessor, whose camera became absolutely useless in low light, and on bright days did not give the desired clarity.
In the videos shot with the main (rear 8MP) camera, periodic defocusing and focus search are noticeable. Also on the video you can see the jerking-slowing down of the picture - I could not install what it is connected with.
For the rest, it should be noted that the quality is decent.
Options and pricesBasic version (Windows 8, 64GB, WiFi, Digitizer & Pen) - $ 679
Windows 8 Pro - $ 50
Bluetooth Keyboard - $ 120
ThinkPad Laser Bluetooth mous - $ 31,99
ThinkPad Tablet DC Charger (USB-microUSB cable m car charger) - $ 19.99
ThinkPad Tablet 2 AC Charger (US / Can / LA) (AC 220V) - $ 19.99
ThinkPad Tablet 2 Dock (US) - $ 99.99
ThinkPad Tablet 2 Sleeve (folder) - $ 39.99
ThinkPad Tablet 2 Slim Case - Black (case) - $ 49.99 In
total, my order cost $ 1050. Here's what is included:
• Windows 8 Pro 32
• 64GB, WiFi, Digitizer & Pen
• Bluetooth Keyboard US English
• 2-cell Li-Polymer Battery, 30 Wh
• Country Pack North America 10W AC adapter
• Publication - US English
• Standard Economy Packaging
• ThinkPad Laser Bluetooth mouse
• ThinkPad Tablet DC Charger
• ThinkPad Tablet 2 Dock (US)
• ThinkPad Tablet 2 Slim Case - Black
Note that you must equip the tablet with a pen After the purchase it will not be possible, because when buying an option without a pen, you will receive a device with the lack of the necessary layer on the screen and a blocked opening for storing the pen. At the moment, the Lenovo store has already removed offers that were not completed with a pen.
AT&T Connection Manager
Lenovo Cloud Storage
|Lenovo QuickSnip |
Lenovo Quick Launch
Microsoft® Office 2010 (non-activated)
Rara - Music
Comparison with other tablets
|Lenovo TPT 2||Surface RT||Surface pro||Dell Latitude 10|
|CPU||Atom Z2760||Tegra 3 T30||Core i5 3317U||Atom Z2760|
|Memory||2GB LPDDR2||2GB DDR3L||4GB DDR3||2GB DDR2|
|HDD||64GB||32GB (64GB + $ 100)||64GB (128GB + $ 100)||64GB|
|Screen||1366x768, 155PPI||1366x768, 148PPI||1920x1080, 208PPI||1366x768, 155PPI|
|Battery h: mm||~ 10: 00||~ 9: 30||~ 4: 30||~ 7: 15|
|Digitizer, stylus||there is||not||there is||not|
|Nfc||there is||not||not||there is|
|Price||$ 679 |
$ 729 (Win 8 Pro)
|$ 499||$ 899||$ 649 (Win 8 Pro)|
- price for the Pro version
- operating time on a single charge
- a wide range of accessories
- thickness and quality of the case
- low weight
- the price of a “complete set”, expensive accessories (keyboard, docking station)
- performance compared to Surface Pro
- no Gorilla Glass