Desktops and Notebooks: Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, X1 Carbon Debut at MoMA Anniversary Bash
Lenovo celebrated the ThinkPad's 20th anniversary by inviting guests and journalists to an event at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City Aug. 8. The PC maker offered short tours of the museum, which has a ThinkPad 701c with its distinctive "butterfly keyboard" in its permanent collection; showed off its ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook and confirmed that the laptop will begin shipping in August; announced the creation of a Lenovo Developer Program for the creation of apps specialized for users of Lenovo devices; and, most exciting of all, introduced the ThinkPad Tablet 2. The tablet features a 10.1-inch screen, weighs 1.3 pounds, measures 0.39 inches thin, runs Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system, has an Intel Atom "Clover Trail" processor andlike any number of ThinkPads over the yearscomes with a stylus. While Lenovo isn't yet sharing pricing information about the Tablet 2, the company says the device will ship in October and that it's "the tablet the industry has been waiting for." While many tablet makers have focused on the needs of consumers, Lenovo, as well as others, are turning their attention to enterprise users and small-business customers. The combination of hardware specifications, Windows OS and the developer program are all designed to address the needs of IT departments that need to develop a mobile strategy based on smartphones and tablets.