Desktops and Notebooks: Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, X1 Carbon Debut at MoMA Anniversary Bash

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2012-08-09 Email Print this article Print
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 and—like any number of ThinkPads over the years—comes 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.

The Museum of Modern Art

Lenovo chose New York City's Museum of Modern Art as the site of its ThinkPad celebration. The first three ThinkPads—the 700, 700C and 700T—debuted in October 1992. IBM made the first ThinkPads, and Lenovo bought IBM's PC unit in 2005.
The Museum of Modern Art
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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