Lenovo has revealed that its first Windows 8 tablet, ThinkPad Tablet 2, will hit the US in October.
The Chinese tablet maker introduced the ThinkPad Tablet 2, which features a 10.1-inch touchscreen, 600-gram weight and 9.8-mm body, at Computex 2012 in June.
The latest Lenovo tablet is an update to the original ThinkPad Tablet, which shipped almost one year ago but came with an ARM processor and Android 3.1 Honeycomb operating system.
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 will have an Intel Atom processor codenamed ‘Clover Trail’ under its hood and will run the touchscreen-optimized Windows 8 Professional OS.
According Lenovo’s press release, the company made up its mind to change preference to an x86 chip for the new tablet due to its backward compatibility with available Windows programs.
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 will carry optional 3G and 4G (for US users) connectivity options alongside an optional keyboard dock that will convert the slate into a standard laptop.
Other notable hardware on the specs list include front- and rear-facing cameras, wireless video streaming, and USB and HDMI ports.
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 package includes a stylus and fingerprint reader for better security and remote management for IT heads.
Dilip Bhatia, VP and GM of the ThinkPad business unit at Lenovo, said the ThinkPad Tablet 2 intends to be “a powerful solution for office, home and travel”, but also offers “companies and IT managers the oversight they need to help secure and manage their company’s networks and data”.
US pricing for the tablet has yet to be announced.