The ThinkPads are already popular in businesses, so users may opt for the Windows 8 tablet as a companion device in the enterprise IT environment, Daoud said. IT environments are coping with new usage models that involve app stores and input modes such as touch and voice, and a Windows 8 tablet could be successful if users feel comfortable with the OS and device.
"If consumers are likely to move to a tablet-like environment as they've done strongly on the iPad front, it's important for PC makers with corporate clients to have a suite of products that fit into the bring-your-own-device model," Daoud said.
Lenovo is also building a cloud service so the company's PCs and mobile devices can access or exchange data through private or public clouds. Much like Apple's mobile device strategy, Lenovo hopes to combine content, infrastructure, access devices and middleware as part of its cloud strategy. The cloud service will be launched later this year.
ThinkPad laptops and tablets will be part of the cloud strategy, Lenovo's Bhatia said.
"We've got a whole theme focused on the cloud," Bhatia said.