At IFA 2015 in Berlin Lenovo already announced the Miix 700 which looks just exactly like a Surface – one of many new Windows 10 2-in-1 devices which are similar to the Microsoft original. At CES 2016 Lenovo has announced yet another Surface-like tablet called ThinkPad X1 Tablet.
The X1 Tablet is just one of many devices of the new ThinkPad lineup: For instance, Lenovo also announced the X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga.
The new 12 inch X1 tablet has actually many things in common with the Miix 700. Like the Miix 700 the new device is powered by the latest Intel Skylake Core M processor which allows Lenovo to keep the device fanless – just like the entry-level Surface Pro 4. Furthermore, the 12 inch display has an aspect ratio of 3:2 with a resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels. Thanks to the (included/additional?) active pen you can also use the tablet for taking notes and drawing. Like every Surface, the X1 Tablet has a built-in kickstand. Lenovo has equipped the device with the following ports:
- USB-C port
- USB 3.0
- Mini DisplayPort
- microSD card slot
- 3.5 mm headset jack
Unlike the Miix 700, the ThinkPad X1 tablet will be available with up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 1 TB of SDD storage (just like the Pro 4). Furthermore, the device will be available with LTE-A cellular connectivity as well.
What probably makes the tablet even more interesting is the optionally available keyboard with different modules (RealSense, extended battery or projector).
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet: Starting at $899
- RealSense Modul: $149
- Extended battery modul: $149
- Projector: $279
As I noted before in my Surface (clone) overview I really like seeing the many different Surface-like devices OEMs have announced the last couple of months and I’m looking forward to many more in 2016.