For those of you who are fans of Lenovo, I've got good news, and I've
got great news. The good news is that Lenovo's Lepad and Ideapad U1 are
still releasing this summer; they're likely slated for an international
release in July. The great news is that the Lepad isn't the only Tablet
Lenovo's got in the works. Very recently, the specs and release date
for a new Android 3.0 tablet have been leaked.
It's looking pretty decent so far.
The Android Thinkpad (I don't believe it's been formally named yet) continues a trend in the tablet market that I first noticed with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer . I am speaking, of course, about the inclusion of a secondary dock; one which essentially allows the tablet to function as a quasi-notebook PC. There's not a lot of hard details yet, but it's probably going to up the battery life of the tablet at least a little.
As for what hardware Lenovo's new tablet's going to include, it'll have a 10.1 inch touch screen with a 1280x800 resolution display, an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and front and rear camera's. It'll be about .55 inches thick, and weigh 1.6 pounds. It's also going to feature USB 2.0, microUSB, and miniHDMI ports as well as a fully functional SD card reader. There's also going to be an optional active digitizer and android pen. To give a simple explanation, it's essentially a touch screen which only recognizes input from an electronic pen, as opposed to a passive screen which recognizes any sort of touch. This'll essentially let people use the tablet as a digital pen and paper. Like the keyboard peripheral, it's become something of a trend in tablets of late.
The Lenovo Android Thinkpad Tablet will feature the following technical specifications:
- 16, 32, or 64 GB Flash Storage
- Android 3.0 Honeycomb*
- Wi Fi/3G Support
- Possible 4G Support
- 8 Hour Battery Life
*Actually, Lenovo's new tablet runs a custom UI developed by Lenovo. At its core, it uses the Android 3.0 OS, but Lenovo's packed a bunch of additional goodies into the software. Word is it's going to be pretty much optimized to give additional security, in addition to including a number of heavy duty business features. This makes sense, if you think about it- Lenovo's got a history of
And that's all we know right now.
So, I've actually got a bit more good news for all of you. Anyone who's looking forward to this tablet can actually expect it pretty soon- Lenovo's looking to send out sample units in June, and Joanna Stern's predicted it's probably going live on the market in either July or August. It'll start at $499.00. There's no word on the pricing for the keyboard or active digitizer peripherals, but they'll likely be rather reasonably priced. After all, as with every tablet; the Thinkpad Android Tablet is going to have to compete with the Ipad 2.
Ultimately, until Lenovo starts actively demoing the product, we're probably not going to learn a whole lot else about it. Thankfully, it seems that we won't have to wait all that long.
(Source: This Is My New Thing)