Lenovo was showing a very cool and powerful business tablet at CES. The ThinkPad 8 is Lenovo’s first 8-inch business tablet and comes loaded with Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office. Given its form factor, screen size and features this seems to be a best in class tablet in the 8-inch size.
Getting right into the specs the ThinkPad 8 is powered by an Intel Bay Trail Z3770 quad-core 2.4 GHz processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory, Intel HD graphics (Gen 7) and up to 128 GB of storage. Rather than a normal 8-inch screen the screen is a bit larger a 8.3-inches which will give you a resolution of 1920 x 1200. This display is also 10-finger touch.
The chassis of the tablet is made out of aluminum so you know it will last. As far as connections and other features you have one Micro USB 3.0 port, one Micro HDMI port, a MicroSD card slot, and a MicroSIM slot. There is a rear 8MP rear camera that can take 1080p video and has auto focus and flash. The front-facing camera is only 2MP, but can shoot 1080p video as well. The ThinkPad 8 also offers WiFi and 3G / 4G connectivity.
Lenovo will also be selling an optional smart cover for the ThinkPad 8 that not only protects and puts the device to sleep when you close it but also will prop the tablet up for watching videos. One thing about most smart covers is that when you have them pull back they cover the back camera on the device. With this one the corner pulls down and locks in that position. Not only that the magnets in the cover let the tablet know that you have done that so it will automatically open the camera up. I am surprised that more smart covers do not have this same functionality. You can also use the smart cover to prop the tablet up for watching videos. The smart cover will sell for around $49.
The ThinkPad 8 is available now for $399 for the 32GB WiFi model.