Lenovo announced the 10.1-inch ThinkPad Tablet for business customers, powered by Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) and NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz mobile processors. It includes built-in Adobe Flash Player, console-quality gaming and low power consumption for improved battery life.
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 with Citrix Receiver, simple zero-touch deployment with LanDesk and secure email support available from Good Technology.
- NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core 1GHz processor
- Android 3.1
- 10.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) 16:10 IPS panel with Corning Gorilla Glass
- Multitouch display with digitizer input (pen optional)
- Starting at 1.65 lbs
- Up to 8 hours battery life (with WiFi enabled)
- Up to 64GB storage
- Bluetooth, WiFi and 3G connectivity
- Native USB 2.0 and micro-USB ports, full-size SD card slot and mini-HDMI output
Offering a 10.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) 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.
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, 2GB 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, email, and calendar notices all in one easy-to-use interface.
The 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 email 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.
Pricing and Availability
ThinkPad Tablets can be ordered in the U.S. starting August 2, 2011 and will be generally available in the U.S. in August 2011 and generally available worldwide during the third quarter 2011.
- $479 → 16GB ThinkPad Tablet
- $509 → 16GB ThinkPad Tablet with digitizer pen
- $589 → 32GB ThinkPad Tablet with digitizer pen (Wi-Fi model)
There is also an optional keyboard portfolio carrying case available for $99. At a later date, shortly after launch, ThinkPad Tablets with 3G will become available.