CHINESE COMPUTER MAKER Lenovo has announced three tablets, the Ideapad K1, Ideapad P1 and Thinkpad Tablet.
It's been a long time coming but Lenovo has finally announced not one but three tablets. The Ideapad K1 and Thinkpad Tablet will run Android 3.1 Honeycomb and the Ideapad P1 will run Windows 7.
Liu Jun, president of the Mobile Internet Digital Home business group at Lenovo said, "Tablets are extremely personal technology devices. That's why we've created a family of tablets that has something for everyone, including entertainment-friendly features and content for consumers, or business-friendly features to enhance productivity for professionals as well as security and manageability for IT managers."
The Ideapad K1 is a lot like other Android tablets that are on the market. It will be powered by an Nvidia 1GHz Tegra 2 processor and run Android 3.1 Honeycomb. Its 10.1in display will have 1280x800 resolution.
Lenovo said the tablet will come with more than 40 pre-loaded apps including Need for Speed Shift, Angry Birds, Kindle and Documents to Go. It will have a 5MP rear facing camera and 2MP front facing camera.
The Ideapad K1 will have WiFi and Bluetooth and come with a miniHDMI port. You will also be able to customise the device with changeable rear covers.
Lenovo said, "As the first Honeycomb tablets certified for Netflix, Lenovo tablets can help turn every night into 'movie night'."
The other Android Honeycomb offering, the Thinkpad Tablet, is apparently Lenovo's business option. It has the same screen and processor as the Ideapad K1 but will have up to 64GB of storage and full size USB and SD card slots.
The Thinkpad Tablet will come with data encryption and a 'Digitizer Pen' that allows users to write on the screen like HTC's Flyer. It will also have an optional 'keyboard portfolio carrying case' that will cost $99.
Lenovo's Ideapad P1 will be a Windows 7 tablet with an Intel 1.5GHz processor. We don't have much more information about it other than that it will come with a 'Digitizer Pen' like the Thinkpad Tablet, a webcam and a microSD card slot.
The Ideapad P1 currently has no pricing announced but apparently it will be available in fourth quarter. The 32GB Ideapad K1 will cost $499 and can be ordered in the US from today with global availability this quarter.
Two versions of the Thinkpad Tablet will be available in the US next month and globally in the third quarter. A 16GB model will cost $479, $509 with the pen, and a 32GB version will be priced at $589, including the pen. Lenovo said that 3G versions will be available shortly after launch. µ
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