Lenovo today announced its first family of tablets – the IdeaPad Tablet K1 for consumers and the ThinkPad Tablet for business customers. The new Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1 and ThinkPad Tablets are the company's first mobile internet devices featuring Android 3.1 and the IdeaPad Tablet K1 is the industry's first Android-powered tablet certified to deliver Netflix video streaming. The Android-powered Lenovo tablets also provide access to more than 250,000 apps in Android Market as well as apps tested for the Lenovo device in the Lenovo App Shop.
IdeaPad Tablet K1 weights just 1.63 lbs and offers integrated Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. The IdeaPad Tablet K1 offers several key features and tools as standard, for flexibility, power and security to enjoy digital content anywhere. The Android-powered Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1 is preloaded with more than 40 apps from partners like Netflix, Amazon, Adobe, Electronic Arts, Rovio, Zinio, DataViz and others, including favorites like Need for Speed Shift, Angry Birds, Kindle reading app and Documents to Go. Users can browse all websites and watch online videos with ease thanks to Adobe Flash Player 10.3. Users can access an entire network of friends and social sites all in one place, with Lenovo's exclusive SocialTouch app, which effectively creates a one-stop social connection. And since one picture is still worth a thousand words, the Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1 comes with a two megapixel front-facing and a five-megapixel rear-facing webcam.
More true HD: Users can watch movies and videos in breathtaking HD on a WXGA (1280 x 800) touchscreen. The mini HDMI connection allows up to 1080p HD viewing when connected to an HDTV or monitor, resulting in a powerful visual experience. Users can sync, store and share files, music and photos with more integrated cloud storage and less reliance on their local storage.
The ThinkPad Tablet combines the superior media and entertainment experience of the IdeaPad Tablet K1 with the security, reliability and manageability features ThinkPad is known for, to create the first true business-class tablet. Designed as a companion computing device for professionals on the go, the ThinkPad Tablet includes an optional digitizer pen, a full-size USB port, full-size SD card slot and mini-HDMI for connecting to external projectors and displays, as well as an optional ThinkPad quality Keyboard Folio Case with optical TrackPoint. Data remains safe on the ThinkPad Tablet with layered data security and the device is easily supported by IT managers thanks to a suite of business partner solutions that include anti-theft software and the ability to disable the tablet if the device is lost or stolen with Computrace. Additional security features include virtual desktop support support with Citrix Receiver, simple zero-touch deployment with LanDesk and secure E-Mail support available from Good Technology.
Offering a 10.1" WXGA (1280 x 800) display weighing a mere 1.65 lbs, the ThinkPad Tablet also comes with an IPS display for a 178-degree viewing angle and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. This business-class device keeps professionals connected, productive and entertained while they're away from the office and their home.
When work happens on the go, the ThinkPad Tablet allows users to view and edit Microsoft Office documents with the preloaded Documents to Go app by DataViz. Or they can jot down notes that automatically convert to handwritten text with the optional ThinkPad Tablet Pen. When even more versatility is required, users can plug in the Keyboard Folio for fast, comfortable and accurate typing and mouse control.
With WiFi connectivity, 2 GB of free cloud storage, a standard size USB port and SD Card Reader and Lenovo's unique file copy utility, sharing media files and documents with other people and electronic devices is easy. Presentations may look even better when connecting to an external monitor via the built-in mini-HDMI port. Users can conveniently sync key files and folders with their tablet every time they plug into their Windows 7 PC. With apps like ooVoo, dual cameras allow users to show either themselves or what they are looking at in a video conference. Users can keep in touch with friends and business contacts using Lenovo's exclusive SocialTouch app, which puts social networks, E-Mail and calendar notices all in one easy-to-use interface.
ThinkPad Tablet can connect to a range of devices and networks without hands-on help from IT administrators. Users can utilize corporate network passwords to access their device and connect to corporate E-Mail with the specially certified app, Good for Enterprise. IT managers can easily create access unique corporate preloads from the Lenovo Image Technology Center as well as share and distribute company purchased or developed apps to numerous devices through a custom, corporate-controlled app store. Most importantly, users will have the ability to protect confidential data with robust security features including SD card encryption, lost device disablement and anti-theft software.
ThinkPad Tablet customers will have access to Lenovo's full portfolio of enterprise-level services, such as ThinkPlus Support, which provides business customers direct access to advanced technicians with tablet specific experience and Tablet Protection, which gives business customers coverage for non-warranted damage from operational and structural damage due to drops, minor spills, electrical surges and other accidental damage incurred under normal operating conditions. In addition, Lenovo's Imaging Services help save IT departments from having to do custom images for each machine and ensures that even with flash images, the warranty is protected and the tablet is ready-to-go right out-of-the-box.
Building on Lenovo's heritage of innovation, quality and reliability in PCs, Lenovo's new tablets deliver an accelerated mobile experience. The IdeaPad and ThinkPad feature NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core mobile processors that offer extreme multitasking, noticeably faster web browsing with built-in Adobe Flash Player, console-quality gaming and low power consumption for improved battery life.
In addition to the hundreds of thousands of apps available in Android Market, IdeaPad Tablet K1 and ThinkPad Tablet users have access to apps in the Lenovo App Shop - a unique app marketplace, which features popular applications that have been tested specifically for Lenovo IdeaPad and ThinkPad Tablets. The Lenovo App Shop offers apps within a broad range of categories including music, movies, books, productivity, social networking, weather, printing and more.
The Lenovo App Shop will also support enterprise applications and a private corporate application store to help businesses more easily integrate tablets into their daily operations. In addition, Lenovo will offer country-specific applications, currency and languages.
The 32 GB model IdeaPad Tablet K1 is priced at US$ 499 and can be ordered in the U.S. starting July 20. The product will be generally available in the U.S. in August 2011 and generally available worldwide during the third quarter 2011.
The 16 GB ThinkPad Tablet is priced at US$ 479 without the digitizer pen and at US$ 509 including the digitizer pen, for WiFi models. The 32 GB ThinkPad Tablet (WiFi model) with digitizer pen is US$ 589. There is also an optional keyboard portfolio carrying case available for US$ 99. At a later date, shortly after launch, ThinkPad Tablets with 3G will become available. ThinkPad Tablet can be ordered in the U.S. starting August 2. The product will be generally available in the U.S. in August 2011 and generally available worldwide during the third quarter 2011.
Cheers ~ Arne