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Lenovo’s delayed Windows 8 tablet finally passes FCC

by Doug Drinkwater

December 7 2012

Lenovo's OEM partner Wistron files the FCC papers for the ThinkPad 2
Lenovo's OEM partner Wistron files the FCC papers for the ThinkPad 2

Initially slated to launch alongside with Microsoft’s Surface RT on October 26, the signs are there that Lenovo’s ThinkPad 2 may finally be ready to come to market.

FCC documents for the Windows 8 Pro tablet were filed by Lenovo’s OEM partner Wistron Corporation on Friday and approved a short time afterwards, leading to suggestions the model could debut in January.

The documents mention that the tablet features WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies and support for WWAN capabilities.

And while the device appears to feature technology to work with AT&T 3G in the United States, there is no evidence to suggest the presence of NFC or LTE 4G technologies, despite the latter being mentioned as an optional extra on the official specs sheet.

Lenovo announced the tablet, which is the successor to the Android-based ThinkPad slate, in August and had initially promised to bring it to market on November 16.

The model promises a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 resolution, an Intel Atom processor (hence it runs Windows 8 Pro), up to 64GB of storage and connections for USB and micro HDMI.

The ThinkPad 2, which is said to have a battery life of up to 10 hours and offers enterprise-grade security software, is expected to start from $649 when it hits retail stores.

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