Originally Posted by Joel Schectman, CIO Journal
Lenovo, the world’s second-biggest maker of personal computers, likely will offer a line of enterprise tablets loaded with Windows 8 sometime during the next year, a company executive told CIO Journal.
The new ThinkPad, not yet officially announced, will feature a touch screen and physical keyboard, allowing it to convert from laptop to tablet, Peter Hortensius, president of Lenovo’s product group, said. Hortensius said he hopes the new line will appeal to business people who carry multiple devices, and to CIOs looking for a Windows-based mobile platform.
“We’re seeing a lot of enterprise users carry a tablet, a phone and a notebook,” Hortensius said. “And there isn’t a good reason for why they should have to carry all three.”
The design of the enterprise device likely will be similar to that of the consumer-oriented Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga tablet, which the company showcased at January’s Consumer Electronics Show. The device has a hinge that allows the laptop-style keyboard to fold behind the screen when not in use, turning the device into a tablet.