Lenovo set out to create a beefy tablet capable of handling a full work day in varied situations. The company started with the NVIDIA Tegra 1GHz CPU and 1GB of RAM.
Internal flash memory storage capacity varies by model. If you go for the basic unit, you'll have 16GB, while the more expensive model has 64GB. Need even more room? Invest in a full-size Secure Digital memory card and you'll have a lot more space at a relatively low cost. The 3-in-1 card reader accepts SDHC and MMC cards, too.
Of course, this being a tablet, the screen is of utmost importance. This 10.1-inch (25.6-centimeter) display, which has a glossy sheen courtesy of Corning Gorilla Glass, touts a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels. The screen is multi-touch capable and recognizes six-finger gestures, in addition to the optional, battery-powered pen. Lenovo claims that the screen looks good even at a severe viewing angle of 170 degrees.
There are two cameras at your disposal, including the 2-megapixel, front-facing, fixed-focus lens and a 5-megapixel version on the other side. The latter has autofocus and digital zoom capabilities.
The ThinkPad has four sizable buttons on the bottom side of its face for the purpose of quicker navigation. These buttons take you home, to your browser, back to the previous page and lock auto screen rotation. Each button has an onscreen twin, in case, you know, you'd rather use that one.
Unlike so many tablets, this one is equipped with a variety of ports. You'll be able to plug a large range of devices into either the full-size USB or micro-USB ports. There's also a microphone input jack, as well as the obligatory headphone jack. You can play 1080p HD video through the mini-HDMI port. WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity are standard with the ThinkPad. If you feel like paying for it, you can opt for 3G service, too.
Lenovo packed all of this hardware into a case that measures 10.25 inches (26 centimeters) high by 7.15 inches (18.1 centimeters) wide and 0.57 inches (1.4 centimeters) thick. And at just under 1.7 pounds (0.77 kilograms), it's a little heftier than some daintier tablets.
Now we'll show you how all this hardware powers the ThinkPad's capabilities.