Android-Powered ThinkPad Tablet From Lenovo Could Be Set For This Summer

Android-Powered ThinkPad Tablet From Lenovo Could Be Set For This Summer

Apr 26, 2011

Lenovo seems to have Android clearly in mind as it sets its sights on the corporate environment with a new Honeycomb powered ThinkPad tablet, according to an exclusive post by Joanna Stern on

The post details a set of PowerPoint slides showing off an Android 3.0 tablet that comes with an optional stylus. The slides also show a portfolio case that features a built-in keyboard and trackpad, sure to make working on the tablet as a laptop easy as pie.

The specs of the device look like it will have an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, front and rear cameras and will come in 16, 32 and 64 GB storage options. Weighing in at 1.6 pounds, the 10.1 inch 1280×800 IPS capacitive touch display is also capable of what’s being called a “true pen” option for “sketching and note-taking.” Also featuring USB2.0, Micro USB and mini-HDMI ports along with an SD card slot, that’s a lot of expandability options for a .55-inch thin device.

With the heavily emphasized business features and security software, this is looking like the perfect device for the workplace environment where portability is a necessity; not to mention the perfect “back-to-school” device for college students with limited space. You’re getting all the trappings of a convenient, powerful entertainment device but with the power and tools to get work done when play time is over.

Finally, the most attractive feature seems to be the price. At a projected $499, that pits it squarely against its iOS rival. Toss in 3G/4G connectivity and what more could you ask for? All we need, now, is a name. Some slides are referring to it as the ThinkPad Tablet while others are calling it a Think Slate.

This is a big step for Android, and one that seems to be in the right direction. We’ll keep you covered as news of this device comes out in the coming months.

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