Lenovo today announced that the ThinkPad Tablet, the company's first business-class Android-based tablet, is now available for sale through Lenovo's network of U.S. business partners and online with models starting at $499. Additionally, Seton Hall University will be the first educational institution to deploy the ThinkPad Tablet when 350 students begin using it this fall. Here is more info:
Unlike other tablets on the market, the 10.1-inch, Android 3.1 ThinkPad Tablet lets business users do more right out of the box, from working productively and securely to enjoying first-class entertainment features during downtime.
Android Dressed for Business & Academics
As the first true business-friendly tablet, users can expect the same reliable and productive experience for which the ThinkPad brand is known. The ThinkPad Tablet caters to the extremely busy, mobile user with convenient features unlike competitor tablets for on the run computing, including an:
optional digitizer pen
full-size USB port
full-size SD card slot
mini-HDMI for connecting to external displays
keyboard folio case with optical TrackPoint
This fall, 350 students and faculty at Seton Hall University (South Orange, N.J.) will put the ThinkPad Tablet to the test by using it inside and outside the classroom, taking advantage of the "true" pen experience, ActiveSync(r), IPS display and Gorilla Glass construction.
More than Apps, Supported by Business Tablet Ecosystem
The ThinkPad Tablet goes beyond delivering differentiated hardware features. It extends the business-class experience with productivity, security and manageability technologies and apps from more than a dozen partners. The ThinkPad Tablet provides access to more than 250,000 apps in the Android Market as well as the curated Lenovo App Shop, a fast track to the leading apps that are certified to work on Lenovo products and are malware free.
Productivity: With Documents to Go by DataViz, users can easily view and edit Microsoft Office documents while synchronizing with their desktops via USB or Bluetooth. The tablet?s pen and virtual desktop support via Citrix Receiver allows users to leverage their corporate tools without being in the office. Lenovo?s SocialTouch app keeps track of email, calendar notices and more, and OoVoo makes video conferences easy by using the Tablet?s front-facing camera.
Security: Users and their data rest easy with the tablet?s layered security solutions, which include full encryption (including SD card), remote wipe and disable via Computrace to combat theft, and full VPN support.
Manageability: Good for Enterprise delivers secure corporate email, and IT managers can easily configure security and device settings with custom corporate preloads from Lenovo?s Imaging Technology Center. The open API set allows for zero-touch deployment and management though LANDesk.
Pricing and Availability
The ThinkPad Tablet is available starting immediately from business partners and on online. Pricing for the 16 GB model is $499 without the digitizer pen or $529 including the pen. Pricing for the 32 GB model with the digitizer pen is $599, and pricing for the 64 GB version with the pen is $699. Pricing for the optional keyboard portfolio case is $100.
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