Here is a roundup of the latest news this week from the technology world.
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 to be released in October
Lenovo announced this week that their upcoming Windows 8 tablet is scheduled to be released in October, though no exact date has been revealed. Dilip Bhatia, vice president and general manager, ThinkPad Business Unit said in a press statement, "Today we are excited to reveal the fruit of this collaborative co-engineering, the ThinkPad Tablet 2, a joint effort between Lenovo, Microsoft and Intel.”
The specifications for the ThinkPad Tablet 2 are that it will be running an Intel Atom Processor and have a 10.1-inch screen with a HD display resolution. It will have two cameras (front and rear) and a HDMI port for connecting to an external display such as a HD television.
There is an option of having a stylus pen and a fingerprint reader. Lenovo has yet to reveal what the cost of the tablet will be but did it will be launched when Windows 8 is release, which Microsoft have said it will be the 26th October.
Windows RT to have scaled back version of Office 2013
When Microsoft announced that its Surface tablets running Windows RT will arrived with Office 2013, it will be a scaled down version when compared with the desktop version. Sources have said that Microsoft plans are that Windows RT Office will not support macros, third party add-ons or Virtual Basic for Applications (VBA).
A number of other features are expected not to be in this version but as yet Microsoft have not revealed what these will be. It has been reported the Office 2013 on the Windows RT tablets will only be a preview version with users being able to upgrade to the full version in 2013.
Office 2013 will only be scaled down for the Windows RT tablets but Surface tablets running Windows 8 with either a Intel or AMD processor will get the full version.
Sony Xperia Tablet 2 to be launched at pre-IFA event
Sony are expected to announce the Xperia Tablet 2 at their pre-IFA event on the 29th August with the model being September. The tablet itself will have a 9.4-inch display screen with 1280 by 800 resolution.
It will have an nVidia Tegra 3 SoC processor that will run at 1.3GHz. There will be two cameras, with an 8-megapixel at the back and 1-megapixel at the front for video calling. The storage capacity of this device will vary from 16, 32 to 64GB. The battery is 6000mAh with the tablet be able to run for ten hours.
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