Great news Android tablet fans, it looks like another serious contender to the Android tablet wars of 2011 is finally getting closer to being released. We gave the Lenovo LePad (Thinkpad Slate) placement on our list of Best Android Tablets of 2011, for its unique form factor, quality build, and because it generated a lot of excitement at CES 2011. Lenovo has an excellent reputation for producing high quality, road warrior worthy laptops, and we fully expect them to bring their expertise to the LePad / Thinkpad Slate. 2011 really is shaping up to be the year of the tablet, and we are quite excited to see more and more companies get on the Honeycomb bandwagon.
So, here’s what we know:
- We know for sure that Lenovo is hard at work on bringing it to market, under the Thinkpad brand.
- Android 3.0 Honeycomb with additional enterprise and security features will be on board
- Will have optional stylus input, much like the HTC Flyer
- A portfolio case with a built-in keyboard, allowing you to use the tablet like a laptop, which be available for purchase.
- Is reputed to have an IPS display, much like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, which is one of the best display technologies on the market because of its superior brightness, color, and viewing angles
- The tablet reportedly measures 0.55 inches thick and weighs 1.6 pounds.
Display: 10.1 inch 1280×800 IPS Display, capacitive touch panel,, with an “active digitizer” for stylus/pen input
CPU: 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor
Memory: 16GB to 64GB of storage
Keyboard: A portfolio case with a built in keyboard for efficient input
Ports & Connectivity: USB 2.0, Micro USB, and mini-HDMI ports and a full-sized SD card slot. It is rumored to have 3G and 4G connectivity options as well.
Cameras: Front and Rear facing cameras for video chat and media creation
Weight: 1.6 Pound, and 0.55 inches thick (thin?)
This is a Honeycomb tablet all grown up. With a business friendly focus – Lenovo is going to be pushing into businesses and the enterprise sector aggressively. As we have seen from the overwhelmingly positive response towards the Asus Eee Pad Transformer – consumers are happy to receive competitively priced Tablets with great feature sets, and we think that the LePad / Thinkpad Slate is going to be a great seller. Plus, you add in the keyboard, stylus/pen input, 3G/4G connectivity, tons of ports, and a high quality IPS display – and you have an extremely tempting option here.
Plus, the LePad/Thinkpad Slate is rumored to be launching with remote desktop software and cloud collaboration tools for accessing apps and documents on the go. Otherwise, the tablet itself looks a lot like any consumer oriented tablet, complete with WiFi and 3D connectivity (rumored) and HDMI output.
The ThinkPad tablet is scheduled to go into “sampling” in June, and is rumored to being hitting the streets in July or August.
You can find more photos and details at This is My Next. As with all rumors, please bear in mind that the images may not necessarily be representative of the final design.
Much like the rest of the Honeycomb tablets, the ThinkPad Tablet or Think Slate features fairly similar specs to the competition. Where we believe it will differ is in offering a very high quality piece of hardware with a focus on enterprise functionality, and security. Plus, with it’s keyboard dock we believe it will be great for content creation too. What makes it even more enticing is its 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 IPS capacitive display with a “true pen” option for note taking and sketching. All in all it’s looking like a very tempting proposition.
Check out This is My Next for more info!