Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 review

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Unlike the Dell Latitude 10, Lenovo hasn’t managed to accommodate a removable battery. Instead, the Tablet 2 uses a sealed 30Wh lithium ion cell, which lasted 11hrs 46mins in our tests. Charging is rather slow via the micro-USB socket, however, and we had some problems with the tablet refusing to charge with certain micro-USB cables.

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

There are several optional extras available for the Tablet 2. There’s a £81 inc VAT docking station that doubles as a desk stand, providing two USB 2 ports, full-sized HDMI, 10/100 Ethernet and 3.5mm audio input and output. It also allows the tablet’s battery to be charged more quickly, thanks to the supplied laptop-style power supply. A docking keyboard isn’t available, but Lenovo offers a compact Bluetooth keyboard with an integrated stand for a faintly shocking £133, which has its own optical touch point. A selection of cases and bags are also available, and a DC to USB adapter allows the ThinkPad Tablet 2 to charge from a car cigarette lighter.

Connectivity is ample. Two flaps along the Lenovo’s edges reveal a SIM slot, microSD slot (which accepts cards up to a maximum of 32GB) and a full-sized USB socket. There’s a 3.5mm headset output, and a mini-HDMI output is positioned on the tablet’s base alongside a proprietary docking connector. If you can make do with only dual-band 802.11n and Bluetooth 4, you can save cash by opting for the basic £570 model; if mobile broadband is essential, the £699 model adds an unlocked Ericcson C5621 3G modem. NFC support is available as an £11 optional extra, too.

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

The front- and rear-facing cameras are fine for business purposes. While images from the front-facing 2.1 megapixel snapper are a little grainy and lacking in fine detail, they’ll be fine for videoconferencing, and the dual integrated microphones do their bit to keep speech clear and intelligible. The rear-facing 8-megapixel unit is supported by an LED flash, and offers a significant step up in quality, capturing more detailed shots and acceptable 1080p video clips. Only the speakers are disappointing; there’s a lot of distortion at top volume.

Lenovo may have created a product with the looks of a top-class ThinkPad, but we’re not convinced it’s good enough to clinch our business tablet top spot. Granted, it’s sleek, attractive, and the docking stylus is a boon, but with Dell’s Atom-powered tablet delivering a much brighter screen, not to mention the flexibility of a replaceable battery, Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 2 doesn’t quite have what it takes.


Warranty 1 yr return to base


Dimensions 263 x 165 x 10mm (WDH)
Weight 568g


Primary keyboard On-screen
Screen size 10.1in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,366
Resolution screen vertical 768
Display type IPS
Panel technology IPS

Core specifications

CPU frequency, MHz 2MHz
Integrated memory 64.0GB
RAM capacity 2.00GB


Camera megapixel rating 8.0mp
Focus type Autofocus
Built-in flash? yes
Built-in flash type LED
Front-facing camera? yes
Video capture? yes


Bluetooth support yes
Integrated GPS yes
Accessories supplied Stylus
Upstream USB ports 1
HDMI output? yes


Mobile operating system Windows 8 Pro

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