Lenovo has begun taking pre-orders for the ThinkPad Tablet 2, with a surprisingly early January ship date.
UpdatedThe dock will be available "as an option" and priced at $99, according to a Lenovo spokesperson.
Microsoft will open temporary stores across North America starting Oct. 26 to promote the Surface tablet and Windows 8 OS.
The Chinese manufacturer plans to start production on American soil next year, calling it the start of something bigger.
The Windows 8-powered tablet will be available then and close to that date in "majority of countries," though the company won't confirm final pricing just yet.
A Lenovo big wig claims that Windows RT tablets will be $200 to $300 less than full Windows 8 tablets.
Lenovo reports strong sales for its latest fiscal quarter, and throws in a few quick jabs at Microsoft's tablet in the process.