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If you were thinking of picking up a ThinkPad Tablet 2 for around $300, you had better think again. In an interview with WPCentral, Lenovo revealed the price tag of $799 for the new ThinkPad and its novel keyboard attachment. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 will run on the Windows 8 operating system and will be one of the main competitors in opposition to the Microsoft Surface tablet. The higher than expected cost not withstanding, the new ThinkPad is a high quality device and was built to compete with the higher end Apple iPads. The Intel-powered Tablet 2 boasts up to 10 hours of battery life and comes with a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 display screen.

As far as we know the Lenovo’s Windows RT models will still start out in the $300 price range. Other than the ThinkPad Tablet 2 and Apple iPad, it is rumored that the Asus Vivo Tab and high-end Microsoft Surface tablet Pro will be in the $800 price range. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer similarly dispelled rumors of a $199 price tag for its Windows 8 Tablet recently claiming that this pricing point was more in line with a Kindle “Fire.” Mr. Ballmer described the Microsoft tablet PC as much more than an eBook reading device and the pricing would follow device functionality along with competitor pricing. He also stated that the Windows 8 operating system would be “the rebirth of Microsoft Windows.” Lenovo’s thinking on pricing points seems to be more in line with Ballmer’s thinking on the matter.