Release Dates Revealed for Lenovo IdeaPad K1, ThinkPad

June 27, 2011
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To cut the story short, the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is coming out some time before June ends or in early July, while the ThinkPad tablet has a specific release date of June 28 (actually much earlier than we originally thought). Both tablets are expected to have 10.1-inch screens.

The information about the launch dates for the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 and the ThinkPad came from a note that Lenovo sent out to subscribers of its affiliate program. The IdeaPad K1 will have Android 3.x Honeycomb, a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, and 1280×800 screen resolution. It’s also expected to have two cameras (front and back), Wi-Fi, 32 GB inbuilt storage, and up to 10 hours of battery power. Leaked specs also say the IdeaPad K1 will weigh 726 grams, and will have a white front casing and an aluminum back cover.

On the other hand, the ThinkPad tablet (dubbed the “ThinkPad Slate“) is rumored to sport not just Honeycomb but also a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2, a 1280×800 LCD screen, and up to 64 GB of internal storage.

The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 has been primed for general consumer use, while the IdeaPad is targeted at business users. The expected prices for these upcoming Lenovo tablets will be “mainstream,” that is, somewhere around US$400 up to about US$900. Rumors narrowed down the price range to about US$500 for the 32-GB, WiFi version of the IdeaPad K1. No reliable leaks have been given for the ThinkPad’s price.

The tablets are coming. Are you ready to abandon your smartphone for a tablet?

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