CHINESE COMPUTER MAKER Lenovo's Thinkpad Tablet is now on sale in the US from $499.
The Thinkpad Tablet is the company's first 'business-class Android tablet' and is now available from Lenovo and its business partners. The tablet has a 10.1in touchscreen, runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb and is powered by an Nvidia 1GHz Tegra 2 processor.
Dilip Bhatia, VP of Lenovo's Thinkpad division said, "The ThinkPad Tablet gives mobile professionals the most intuitive user experience available on a tablet today, thanks to its unique pen-based handwriting recognition technology."
There are three different storage options, which are 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Including the stylus pen these are priced at $529, $599 and $699 respectively. This is $20 more than we heard last month for the 16GB model and $10 more for the 32GB version. There was no mention of a 64GB option last month.
For an extra $100 you can get a keyboard folio case that has an optical Trackpoint.
As mentioned the tablet includes an optional 'digitiser pen', which is not included in the starting price. Other than the pen, the device has a full size USB port, full size SD card slot and a miniHDMI port.
The tablet comes with Documents to Go, Oovoo for video conferencing and Lenovo's Socialtouch appliations. Security features include full encryption including the SD card, remote wipe and disable via Computrace as well as full virtual private network support.
If you're looking for a tablet for more play than work then Lenovo also has its Ideapad K1 which will come with more than 40 pre-loaded apps including Need for Speed Shift, Angry Birds and the Kindle reader. µ
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