Well, those who’ve been hankering for some solid news about Lenovo’s Android products, here’s some solid info. We’ve known about these two for a while but it’s only now that we get anything solid about them. The company is making for it’s rather lax PR by announcing the release of two new Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablets into the market, one of them already being sold on the company webpage.
The two tablets are the Lenovo Ideapad K1 and the Lenovo ThinkPad. What makes them different from each other? Well, it’s the fact that the Ideapad is aimed at the regular consumer, while the ThinkPad is target at the business owner. However, they’ve got some striking similarities – first of all, they both support Netflix. This isn’t a big surprise since Honeycomb’s already compatible with the streaming app. What sets apart these tablets are that they are the first to be certified for Netflix, and with the HDMI-out ports that come with them, the devices can be used to stream to a bigger screen.
Another similarity shared by the two is the fact that they both pack NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processors. This makes a lot of tasks a lot easier.
Now we come to the differences. The IdeaPad comes with over 40 preloaded applications – so you can just get started. Plus, it comes with Adobe Flash Player 10.3, plus a SocialTouch app that integrates multiple social networks. Additional apps can be obtained from the Android Market or Lenovo’s own App Shop. Addition features include a 5 megapixel rear camera, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 1 GB memory, and a 32 GB hard drive.
What’s different with the ThinkPad is that instead of just having the above it also packs in stuff for the businessman. A 10.1 inch Gorilla Glass screen ensures toughness, while several USB/SD/miniHDMI ports ensure you stay connected. It’s even got an optional digitizer pen. No worries about data security as the ThinkPad has built-in data encryption, anti-theft, remote lockdown. Throw in the ability to remotely operate via Citrix Receiver virtual desktop software and you’re set. Finally, it’s got up to 64 GB of storage.
Right now you can get the IdeaPad K1 for $499 at the Lenovo website. It arrives in shops this August. The ThinkPad will come later; you have a choice of a 16 GB ThinkPad that has a $479 price tag ($509 with digitizer pen) or the 32 GB Wi-Fi model that will cost $589 with pen. Pre-orders are set for August and expect it to arrive before the year is through.