After tweaking its larger 10-inch ThinkPad tablet to accommodate higher-end specifications back in April, Lenovo seems to have just done the same for the ThinkPad 8. With little to no fanfare, that is, as the new, upgraded 8-inch Windows slate showed up unannounced on Lenovo’s German online store, going for €460 and up.
Listed as available already, and shipping in one to two weeks, the beefed-up ThinkPad feels a tad overpriced, but then again, the “old” models start at a fairly steep €410 themselves. And for the €50 extra, you get twice the built-in RAM (4 gigs, up from 2), as well as a slightly punchier Intel Atom Z3795 “Bay Trail-T” SoC.
Plus, a copy of Windows 8.1 with Bing that supports 64-bit processing. The on-board storage is the same 64 GB, but if you don’t mind spending €760, the SSD can be doubled, to 128 gigs. The huge pricing gap signals there’s something else about the top-of-the-line configuration that’s worth the financial effort, and that something else is 4G LTE support in addition to the standard Wi-Fi connectivity option.
The pre-loaded OS is also updated, to 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro, and the chip running the performance show is identical to the one found inside the €460 version: a Z3795. Whatever your ThinkPad 8 budget, the display comes with state-of-the-art 1,920 x 1,200 pixels resolution, and battery life circles eight-nine hours.
Bottom line, Lenovo should ditch the timidity and start trumpeting the newest ThinkPad 8 series. Also, bring the Windows 8 tablet pair to US territory, preferably at prices of $450 and up. Who’s with me?
Via [Tablet Blog Germany]