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Lenovo Announces 2 Android Tablets, 1 Windows Tablet
      #41008 - 07/20/11 04:07 AM

Lenovo today announced its first family of tablets: the IdeaPad Tablet K1 for consumers, the ThinkPad Tablet for business customers, and the IdeaPad Tablet P1 for home and office use. The new Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1 and ThinkPad Tablets are the Ccompany's first mobile internet devices featuring Google's Android 3.1 operating system, and the industry's first tablets certified to deliver Netflix video streaming. The Lenovo Android tablets also provide access to thousands of apps in the Android Market as well as apps tested for the Lenovo device in the Lenovo App Shop.

These are the first Android-Honeycomb tablets certified for Netflix. They have full 1080p HDMI output coupled with Digital Rights Management (DRM) built directly into the IdeaPad and ThinkPad tablets, Netflix members can instantly watch movies and TV shows streaming from Netflix directly to a big screen TV.

Lenovo IdeaPad K1 specs:

NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 1.0GHz processor
Google Android 3.1 operating system
10.1" (1280x800) display with 10 point multi-touch
1GB DDR2 memory
Up to 64GB SSD storage
Integrated Bluetooth, 3G (optional) & 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
Micro SD card slot
Mini HDMI connector & Docking port
Integrated front (2M) & back (5M) webcam
Up to 10hr battery life with 2 cell battery
Stereo 0.5 watt speakers
Weight: 1.65 lbs.
Colors: red, black, white and brown





A few of these have already weasled their way out of stores, so expect it on shelves starting today, with wider availability in August. It's priced at $499 for the 32 gig model.


Lenovo ThinkPad Android tablet:

This is a higher end product with an IPS display, Gorilla Glass and a pressure sensitive pen. What's cool is handwriting recognition software is included amd there's an optional keyboard folio that's similar to iPad keyboard cases on the market.

Apps included: Documents to Go (view and edit MS Office documents), MyScript Notes Mobile (converts handwriting to text). USB Data Transfer Utility allows you to transfer files from external storage using the full size USB 2.0 port.

NVIDIA Tegra 2 1.0GHz processor
Google Android 3.1 operating system
10.1" (1280x800) IPS display, Corning Gorilla Glass
1GB DDR2 memory
Storage: 16, 32 and 64 gig models
Integrated Bluetooth 2.0, 3G on some models & 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
Micro SD card slot
Mini HDMI connector & Docking port
USB 2.0 port, micro USB port
Integrated front (2M) & back (5M) webcam
Up to 10hr battery life with 2 cell battery
Stereo 0.5 watt speakers
Weight: 1.6 lbs.






The 16 ThinkPad Tablet is $499, and $529 with the digital pen. The Keyboard portfolio case is $99. Lenovo says a 3G version will be available at a later date (sorry, nothing more specific). Lenovo says you can order one today, and wider availability happens in August.


Lenovo IdeaPad P1

It's a Windows tablet, folks. And it has a 10.1" display. That's a bit small to use Windows 7 with a touch screen, but there's a stylus too. There are vertical market 10" Windows tablets, and Acer's W500 for consumers, but this is Lenovo's first Windows tablet for consumers. It comes in jazzy colors and runs on a 1.5GHz Intel CPU with 2 gis of DDR2 800MHz RAM. Lenovo claims up to 8 hours of battery life with the standard 2 cell battery life, and the Atom CPU might just go that long (we'll believe it after we test it for ourselves).




It's very light for a Windows 7 tablet at 1.79 lbs. and only 14.5mm thick.

Specs:

Intel processor 1.5GHz
Up to Genuine Windows 7 Professional
10.1? HD (1280x800) display
Up to 2GB DDR2 memory
Up to 64GB SSD storage
Integrated Bluetooth, optionnal 3G
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity
USB2.0 connector
Micro SD card reader & docking port
Integrated front-mounted 2M webcam

Software bundled: OneKey Rescue System 7.0, Lenovo Energy Management, Microsoft security essentials, Windows Live Messenger, Lenovo Ebook Reader, Lenovo App Manager, VeriTouch, Software Keyboard, Intelligent Game, AngryBirds PC Version, ArtRage 3.0, YouCam 3.0, Lenovo Task Manager, Dock , Arcsoft TotalMedia Center

Available Q4 2011




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