Lenovo is poised to release a Windows 8 Laptop Tablet hybrid

Lenovo, the world’s second-biggest maker of personal computers, is poised to offer a line of enterprise tablets loaded with Windows 8 sometime in the next 12 months.

This comes from a company executive as told to CIO Journal.

The new ThinkPad, not yet officially announced, will feature a touch screen and physical keyboard, allowing it to convert from laptop to tablet.

Peter Hortensius, president of Lenovo’s product group said he hopes the new line will appeal to business people who carry multiple devices, and to CIOs looking for a Windows-based mobile platform.

“We’re seeing a lot of enterprise users carry a tablet, a phone and a notebook,” Hortensius said. “And there isn’t a good reason for why they should have to carry all three.”

Brion Tingler, a spokesman for the company, said Lenovo was not ready to announce the new product and wouldn’t elaborate on its details or features. But Hortensius confirmed that Lenovo’s Windows 8 ThinkPad tablets likely would be released in the next 12 months.

This is just another in a long list of vendors getting ready to offer Windows 8 hardware.

Windows 8 is coming.