Lenovo Unveils ThinkPad and IdeaPad K1 Tablets

premiumgfx - July 22, 2011 10:58PM in Small Form Factor, Gadgets

Lenovo has unveiled its first-ever tablet offerings in the form of the ThinkPad and IdeaPad K1 tablets. The new tablets are both based on the NVIDIA Tegra 2 platform, with the OS of choice being Android 3.1 (Honeycomb).

First up is the IdeaPad K1, which is targeted at general consumers. The IdeaPad K1 is powered by 1GB of DDR2 RAM and up to 64GB of flash memory for storage, supplemented by a microSD card slot. Connectivity options include 802.11b/g/n WiFi, optional 3G and Bluetooth support, along with a micro HDMI output. A front-facing 2MP camera and a rear-facing 5MP camera make video chatting simple. The IdeaPad K1 itself weighs in at 750g, and is equipped with a 10.1" 1280x800 resolution touch screen. Battery life is up to 10 hours with the provided two-cell battery.

Next up is the ThinkPad tablet, designed with business users in mind. It features a Gorilla Glass touchscreen, helping protect the screen from bumps or scratches. The ThinkPad also features a thicker design (14mm) and includes GPS-support, one USB 2.0 port and an optional digitizer pen for the multi-touch IPS screen. Battery life is rated at up to 8 hours, with WiFi enabled.

The IdeaPad K1 will be available in August from US$399 (WiFi-only, 16GB version) and the ThinkPad will start at US$499 (16GB model), excluding a digitzer pen. Both tablets are available now for pre-order.