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Like the idea of a tablet but aren’t sure if a full-on touch friendly machine will handle your regular workload? Lenovo’s 2016 slate could have your name on it, bringing a dose of modular design for tablet expandability.

The world’s biggest showcase of consumer tech for the first half of the year has barely begun, but Lenovo is already taking the covers off a laptop that looks to bring more laptop owners into the tablet fold.

Tablets may not be new, but not every computer owner sees the point of bringing touchscreen technology to their environment. In fact, now that Microsoft’s Windows is less touch-heavy, the need to go tablet-based is less of a thing.

But one good reason can come from size, with tablet computers throwing in all the parts needed to make a computer what it is inside the screen, allowing a tablet computer to be thinner than its standard laptop sibling.

No keyboard both helps and hurts this, however, meaning you get less size and weight from not having a tablet included, but it also becomes your choice as to whether you need a keyboard or not, buying one outside of the tablet.


Lenovo may have a solid middle ground option for computer owners keen to upgrade, though, and it’s coming in the form of a new tablet arriving in the company’s well established “X” series, and it might even come with its own keyboard.

Generally considered the benchmark for business machines, Lenovo’s X series is well regarded, with the company generally building sleek, thin, and durable black business machines coming from the heyday when IBM was the company making the ThinkPad range, which Lenovo is now responsible for.


The new model is called the Lenovo X1 Tablet, and while it isn’t the first time Lenovo has dabbled in tablet computing, it does appear to be one of the more interesting takes for the company, relying on and borrowing from some of the research we’ve seen from prior Lenovo slates.

Lenovo's new X1 Tablet is super slim. Pencil thin.

Lenovo’s new X1 Tablet is super slim. Pencil thin.

You’ll find a 12 inch display on this tablet, much like Microsoft’s Surface, and there’s even a 2160×1440 screen here, making it a little fuller-than-Full HD, though not quite the same pixel-busting res of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 machine.

Intel’s low power Core m7 processor is being used for this tablet, and while Lenovo isn’t saying much about specific specs, you can expect up to 16GB RAM and up to 1TB of solid-state storage possible here, with Samsung’s super-fast M2 solid-state drives even being included.


But more than just being “another tablet”, Lenovo looks to imbue the feeling that you can be more productive on this tablet than other machines out there.