Lenovo has decided to cover all bases with its tablet offering, announcing an Android tablet aimed for professionals, another Android tablet for the home user and a Windows 7-based one for users that simply must have Windows on their tablet.
The ThinkPad Tablet has a 10.1-inch, 1280×800 IPS display and sports a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi and 3G (as an option, probably tied to a carrier), 16/32/64 GB of storage memory plus a number of ports: mini-HDMI, USB 2.0 and micro USB. The device is aimed at business users, and comes with a number of peripherals, including a stylus for precise notes as well as a full-size keyboard dock.
The IdeaPad K1 is similar to the ThinkPad Tablet in terms of specifications – a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GBs of storage memory, and a a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800-resolution screen – but it’s quite different in looks, following the design philosophy of Lenovo’s IdeaPad laptop series.
Both devices are running on the latest version of Android for tablets, Honeycomb 3.1. The IdeaPad K1 will start at $449, and should become available today, while the ThinkPad Tablet starts at $499 and comes in August.
Finally, the Windows 7-based IdeaPad P1 probably won’t make an impact in the tablet market – not because of its hardware, which includes a 1.5GHz Intel processor, a 1280 x 800 capacitive touch screen, up to 2 GB of RAM memory, and up to 64GB of SSD storage – but because Windows 7 is simply not optimized for tablets. The device should hit the market in Q4 2011.