Lenovo Brings Out Honeycomb-based 500-dollar ThinkPad Tablet for School and Business

by: Elmer MontejoAugust 25, 2011
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If Honeycomb tablets were likened to a plane ride, you’d be riding first-class with Lenovo’s newest addition to the Honeycomb tablets basket. Lenovo announced this week that the 10.1-inch Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet running Android 3.1 Honeycomb is now available in U.S. retail stores and partner establishments.

The cheapest model comes with 16 GB internal storage and is priced at US$500 (add US$30 for the digitizer pen). If you want more storage, you can get a 32-GB version for US$600 (with digitizer pen) or a 64-GB version for US$700 (also with digitizer pen).

Built for business and academic use, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet “[replicates] the way people work naturally with pen and paper by allowing them to digitally write, draw and create content while also optimizing the ThinkPad Tablet for business with a layered security solution and full IT management,” said a Lenovo official.

As a Honeycomb tablet meant primarily for business and the academe, the ThinkPad Tablet boasts of the following features:

  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-Core 1.0-GHz processor
  • Android 3.1 Honeycomb
  • 10.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) 16:10 IPS panel with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Multitouch display with digitizer input (pen optional)
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 5-MP primary camera, 2-MP secondary camera
  • 3250 mAh Li-polymer batter (up to 8 hours with WiFi enabled)
  • Up to 64 GB storage
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 3G connectivity
  • Native USB 2.0 and micro-USB ports, full-size SD card slot, and mini-HDMI output
  • keyboard folio case with optical TrackPoint
  • preloaded apps for productivity (e.g., Documents to Go, Citrix Receiver, Lenovo SocialTouch, PrinterShare) and security (e.g., Computrace, McAfee Mobile Security)
  • access to Lenovo’s curated App Shop (in addition to standard access to the Android Market)

Do you think the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet will succeed where others before it have arguably failed?

  • Aiden

    In which retail stores can I buy this?

  • Jaonea

    im really eager to buy this but something is confusing me does the tablet+keyboard hold alone or does it need the metal thing like on the pic? and how long is it gonna last with just writing cause i got about 8-9 hours classes a day but don’t want to die it after half of it

  • Tedwilliams934

    Yea I have been trying to find out where I can go and actually try this out. I want to be able to fool around with it a little before I buy it. Also, I am pretty sure it has like an 8 hour battery life WITH WiFi enabled. I am also a student and want this for its note taking ability.

  • Jim

    It seems a common theme for the few comments received is ” where can I get a hands on experiance with it and where can I buy it locally. Bummer, we can’t check it out first before commiting to buying it. Any news of it coming to a local retailer?

  • Camdai

    Thinkpad tablet lacks a microSDHC card slot