Lenovo Introduces 8-Inch Windows Tablet, Recalls Faulty Battery Packs

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Lenovo has just introduced a new Windows Tablet, the ThinkPad 8. But the company has also been forced to recall a faulty battery pack for other devices in recent days.

If you’re in need of a mobile device that runs Windows software to stay compatible with the computer at your office, the ThinkPad 8 is a new option to consider. By today’s standard, the 8.3 inch screen is bucking the tablet trend that believes bigger is better.

The new ThinkPad 8 runs a full version of Windows 8 so there are no worries about limited access to some of the apps you use to run your business.

A Wired review of the device touts its powerful (Intel Atom) processor. Like many tablets today, it features two cameras. There’s a 2 MP front facing camera for video conferencing and an 8 MP rear facing camera with flash and video recording capabilities.

The Verge describes the device as somewhere between a tablet and a PC for functionality. It is priced starting at $399.

Battery Recall

At the same time, Lenovo has been forced to recall battery packs from many of its ThinkPad laptops. The recall was ordered after it was realized the battery packs could overheat and possibly cause a fire, said a notice on the official U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

No one has been hurt by this defect, according to the company. At least two reports were filed before the recall in which overheating caused computer and some property damage.

The recall includes battery packs on the following ThinkPad models: Edge 11, 13 and 14 series laptops and T410, T420, T510, W510, X100e, X120e, X200, X201 and X201s

The laptops were sold between October 2010 and April 2011. Lenovo is offering free replacement battery packs for the potentially defective units. Until a replacement battery pack arrives, the ThinkPads can be powered with just the AC power cord.

Image: Thinkpad 8, Lenovo

Editor’s Correction: Corrected to clarify the recall is on battery packs and is not for the ThinkPad 8

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Joshua Sophy - Staff Writer


Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is a staff writer for Small Business Trends, covering technology and business news. He is a journalist and editor with 15 years experience in media. A former newspaper reporter and editor, Joshua also serves as President of the Board of Directors of a curling club and is editor of a regional newsletter focused on the sport of curling in the Eastern U.S.

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  1. Joshua,

    Would you consider updating to clarify your story? The first part sounds like the recall involves the tablet 8 while it does not. Also, the article suggests that it is a charger recall, when as you the article continues, it is clarified as a recall of certain battery types.

    Customers with potentially affected battery types, by part number or system family should visit our recall support site here and run the tool to check their battery and advise whether or not affected. If affected, the tool will manage the replacement process.

    http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?DocID=HF004122

    Thanks,

    Mark

  2. Shawn,

    Thanks! Very clear now.

    Best regards, Mark

    • Sorry for any confusion in the previous edition of this article, Mark. Glad it’s all clear now. Thanks for your input.

  3. I agree with Mark. It is like two different stories fused into one. I know that they both involve Microsoft but it can be a little bit misleading if you know what I mean. Glad you edited it to make things clear.

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