Eight Hot New Tablets Hitting the Market

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Lenovo ThinkPad10

Aiming for the business audience, Lenovo recently announced the ThinkPad 10 tablet. According to Lenovo, the 10-inch multi-mode business tablet offers a full PC experience with high-end productivity. Users can be creative with four flexible modes – tablet, stand, laptop and desktop. When connected to the optional ThinkPad Tablet Dock or USB3.0 docking station, users can add an external display, mouse, and either the compact Bluetooth keyboard or directly attach the ThinkPad 10 Ultrabook full-sized keyboard, making the transition from a highly mobile tablet to a resourceful office environment seamless.

The ThinkPad 10 comes with a digitizer pen for pinpoint accuracy and natural writing input, Windows 8.1 including 64-bit support, up to 4 GB of memory and up to 128 GB of storage. Wireless options include 3G/4G LTE to ensure access to data virtually anywhere, and up to 10 hours of battery life provides productivity throughout the day. IT managers will also appreciate VPN access control, application deployment management and can prevent users from installing prohibited apps.

According to Gartner, while traditional PC shipments are forecast to continue to decline in 2014, the worldwide tablet market is forecast to grow 47 percent. Tablets have without a doubt invaded every aspect of our lives. Whether it is tablets for kids in the Los Angeles Unified School District or growth in Malaysia and Latin America, tablets are rapidly superseding PCs, smartphones and other forms of electronic communications. And while Apple's iPad remains a perennial favorite, the many flavors of Android-based and now Windows 8.1 tablets have taken a big bite out of the market.

While many tablets are still oriented toward consumer use, such as reading, movies, gaming and social networking, many vendors have made a concerted effort to make their devices attractive to the business audience. With amped-up processors, multi-app capability, larger storage capacity, and integrated cloud access, the latest generation of tablets is beginning to meet the challenges and demands of today's business user.

In this slideshow, we've pulled together some of the newest tablet offerings hitting the market from companies such as Samsung, Lenovo, Microsoft, Toshiba, LG, Acer and even Amazon.


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