It’s day one of CES 2014 in Las Vegas and Lenovo has made sure it is out of the gates early, announcing a new low-cost Windows 8 tablet, among other things.
The new ThinkPad 8 is a full Windows 8.1 machine (not Windows RT like the Microsoft Surface) running on the recently released Intel Bay Trail processor. This means you should get a speedy tablet experience without having to go without important Windows Desktop apps.
Lenovo is also keeping the price down, promising to have it on US store shelves in late January for $399.
This is a great deal, especially when you consider you can pair a bluetooth keyboard mouse and keyboard to the tablet, and connect an external monitor with micro-HDMI and use it like a desktop computer.
Of course, Lenovo isn’t the first computer company to develop a cheap full-Windows tablet. Toshiba launched the Encore at the end of last year, with the same Intel Bay Trail chip and similar connectivity. Lenovo’s tab has a full extra niceties though, including a full-HD 1920x1080 resolution screen and up to 128GB of internal storage.