Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet arrives to the market
28 Aug 2011 - By Omar Yesid Mariño+
The tablet has a stunning mixture of features which can be very attractive not only for domestic users but also (and specially) for the corporate market. It is available in models with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.
The Lenovo tablet, targeted to the business segment, is already available for sale (starting August 29th / 2011). The launch of this Android gadget with a 10-inch screen was announced approximately one month ago by Lenovo. It has a stunning mixture of features for consumers and for using in business environments. So, if you are working in a, for example, IT department of a company, this tablet could be a great choice for you and your team.
By the way, the screen contains the highly damage-resistant and lightweight Gorilla Glass (manufactured by Corning Incorporated), so you won’t need to be worried all the time about awful scratches. That’s cool!
The same like other tablets with Android 3.1 (HoneyComb) in the market, the ThinkPad tablet has cool features like a IPS (In-Plane Switching technology) multitouch screen of 1280 x 600, 1GB of memory, front 2-megapixel camera (perfect for video calls and teleconferencing), rear 5-megapixel camera (for functions like taking pictures, making videos, or scanning barcodes), and a NVIDIA Tegra 2 DualCore processor. There is an available model of 16GB for $499 (350 euros), a version of 32GB for $569 (400 euros), and a third option of 64GB for $669 (465 euros).
With only these specs and an adequate price, the ThinkPad Tablet is at the same level as other competitors.
However, the plus of the ThinkPad is a set of corporate tools focused on remote administration (which would be very useful in case the tablet is lost or stolen), support for Cisco VPN, and encryption tools for all the data that you can use whenever you want. Free included applications (about 25) like Documents to Go, PrinterShare, and Computrace make obvious that the main target of this gadget is the professional user who needs to work with a reliable, and high quality mobile computer in a work environment.
Continuing with the ThinkPad portable design and style, Lenovo also has added physical keys for the tablet in order to go back, lock the screen, and go home. You can add a case with keyboard for $100 with an optical TrackPoint which is quite similar like those you can find in the ThinkPad laptops (as seen in the picture below). And even there is support for entering data through a stylus (digitizer pen or pen tablet) on the pressure sensitive screen. The active digitizer stylus costs only $30 and was developed by N-Trig that also provides the software for handwriting recognition; in addition, it’s nice to know that the stylus can be hold inside a slot located on the tablet that was specifically designed for this purpose.
Other features include: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, buit-in GPS, mini HDMI out, SD slot for increasing storage capabilities (actually it is a 3-in-1 memory card reader), a full-size USB 2.0 port that can be used to increase storage even more or to connect other devices (such as external hard drives), a micro USB port, a battery that allows up to 8.7 hours of power after a full charge, and a set of sensors such as A-GPS (Assisted GPS) or ambient light sensor.
Additional applications are installed by default including Oovoo for video conferences, Netflix, and Kindle for Android.
Of course, you also will be able to access to a lot of other applications from Android market.
As a temporal drawback, this tablet is not compatible with 3G technology for mobile broadband yet… but this should not be a problem after October 2011 when this feature will be added… at least for the 32GB and 64GB versions. However, if you have a mobile hotspot, this drawback is not a problem for you at all since you can use 3G broadband connection like a Wi-Fi connection; so, in this case, it’s possible to use a mobile broadband even if you buy the 16GB version.
If you keep in mind that HP is shutting down its tablets segment, we can say Lenovo is taking advantage of the current condition of the industry to become an important and serious competitor in this market segment with a great Android-based tablet, completing at the same time the Thinkpad family that also includes laptops and desktops computers. In point of fact, the Lenovo Thinkpad series (previously owned by IBM) is known by its high-quality features and innovation, so it’s no wonder that this new tablet becomes a very strong competitor for the iPad in professional environments.
Lastly, check out an excellent video of a ThinkPad Tablet unboxing:
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