Lenovo might be a bit late to the tablet game, but they are making up for lost time by rolling out, not one – but three new tablets.
Amongst these new tablets is the ThinkPad Ideapad K1. This 10.1″ tablet is running Honeycomb, or more specifically Android 3.1. The K1 is actually the first tablet to be certified by Netflix for Netflix. All in all, this tablet is focused on social media and entertainment. The ThinkPad IdeaPad Tablet K1 is a consumer oriented tablet that comes running on the 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core A9 processor. It’s also packing in a 10.1″ 16:10 widescreen display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, a GeForce GPU, 1GB of ram, 16/32/64GB SSD drives, a micro SD card Reader, Micro HDMI out, and a 2MP front facing camera plus a 5MP camera on the back. This is all in a body that weighs a hefty 1.63lbs. The design of the K1 is also very iPad’esque and is especially reminiscent of the first gen iPad. IdeaPad Tablet K1 battery life should be around up-to 10 hours.
The system also comes preloaded a wealth of software including social Lenovo software like Lenovo Social Touch, Media Gallery, Video Player, Music Player, eBook reader, Cloud, mSpot Music, Oovoo, eBuddy PlayReady DRM, the Lenovo AppStore, Poketalk, eBuddy, Connectify, Facebook, Twitter, Norton Mobile Security, AccuWeather, Dataviz: Documents to Go, Printershare, Zinio E-Mag, and many games too.
But K1 aside, in particular we’re more excited about the new ThinkPad Tablet because it packs in a capacitive pen stylus AKA a digitizer pen, and software that can convert handwritten notes into text. This tablet is being touted as the business man’s tablet. To that effect, it comes with Documents To Go for editing and viewing Microsoft office documents on the go. A keyboard folio carrying case will also be available for it to help transform it into a pseudo ultraportable laptop. Under the hood, the ThinkPad sports a similar set of hardware specs to the K1, but it’s design looks more closely related to theThinkPad family of laptops.
Lenovo has also announced the thinkPad P1, a tablet running Windows 7 Professional with a 10.1″ widescreen, 2GB of ram, a 1.5ghz Intel processor, and 32GB or 64GB SSD drives. This tablet also sports a 2MP web cam, a MicroSD card reader and a USB 2.0 port, all in a package that weighs 1.75lbs.
The 32GB IdeaPad K1 will retail for $499 and the 16GB ThinkPad Tablet will retail for $479 and $509 with the digitizer pen.