Lenovo ThinkPad 8 tablet brings Windows and Office for £385

Lenovo's newest touchscreen Windows tablet is more expensive than Asus' £300 effort, but it's a classier bit of kit altogether.

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Hot on the heels of the bargain-basement Asus VivoTab Note 8 from earlier is another Windows 8 tablet with Office preinstalled for free -- the Lenovo ThinkPad 8.

Lenovo's newest touchscreen Windows tablet is more expensive than Asus' £300 effort at around £385, but it's a classier bit of kit altogether. Does it punch its weight? Let's have a gander at the specs.

Straight away the screen is much better -- 1,920x1,200 pixels, which is better than Full HD and a significant improvement on the VivoTab's 1,280x800-pixel resolution. That'll make using fiddly software like Word and PowerPoint much more pleasant, and it'll do wonders for Web surfing too.

Inside it's running on Intel's Bay Trail quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM -- no improvement over the Asus. You can spec it with up to 128GB of storage, but that'll cost you extra, and it's not clear how much it comes with for the base price. It will be available in a 4G version though, which the Asus doesn't offer.

Elsewhere your extra £85 or so buys you a much better 10-megapixel rear camera and a slimmer 8.6mm chassis. It's made of aluminium too, which should feel sturdier and last longer than Asus' plastic body.

We'll have to wait for a review sample to see if it's worth the extra cash, but I'd say it's not looking like a bad deal. The ThinkPad 8 will be out in the UK and elsewhere in Europe at the end of the month.

Lenovo Horizon 2 goes horizontal

Also on show at CES this week is the Horizon 2, Lenovo's new 27-inch tabletop workstation. That's a fancy name for an all-in-one PC that can fold down flat for games and doodling, and you can see exactly what it's like in this hands-on video from CNET's magnificent Dan Ackerman:

The Horizon 2 has a 2,560x1,440-pixel screen -- an improvement over the last generation -- and can be specced up to an Intel Core i7 and an Nvidia GeForce 840M graphics card. It'll hit the UK in July starting at £1,499.

What do you make of Lenovo's new Windows kit? Do you think the tablet's a good deal? How bonkers is that tabletop PC? Get hands-on down in the comments, or on our touchy-feely Facebook page.