Roughly six weeks ago we told you that Lenovo was working on an Android tablet called the ThinkPad, well today we have an official price and release date for you, not only this but we will run through some of the tablets main selling points – after reading this post we would love to hear whether or not you think this tablet is worth buying, so pay attention.
OK, let’s start with the price and release date, according to IntoMobile the ThinkPad will become available on August 23 and prices will start at $479, for this you will get the 16GB model with WiFi connectivity, if you want you can buy the ThinkPad Tablet Pen for an additional $30 or perhaps the foldable ThinkPad Tablet Keyboard Folio case for $99. If the 16GB doesn’t meet your needs you can buy the 32GB model for $589 – Lenovo throw in the digitizer pen with this model for free.
So what else are you getting for your money? Well you can find out full details here, it comes with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-Core 1GHz processor, a 10.1-inch multitouch display which outputs at 1280 x 800 and is protected by Gorilla Glass, Bluetooth, WiFi, a USB port, a micro-USB port, mini-HDMI out and a memory card slot. There will apparently be 3G models and capacities of up to 64GB, however pricing regarding these models is currently unknown. The ThinkPad weighs a little more than the iPad 2 (1.65lbs) and boasts 8 hours of life with WiFi enabled, as you can see there is nothing which truly makes this tablet a cut above the rest.
A quick look at features reveals that it comes with plenty of software pre-installed which helps it become “Business Enabled” tablet, highlights include integrated cloud storage (2GB free), the ability to view, edit and create Microsoft Office files using Documents to Go. Also you get business-centric apps such as Computrace, Cisco AnyConnect and Good for Enterprise. Lenovo also promise full device and SD card encryption and lost device disablement.
As you can see the Lenovo ThinkPad is more business-oriented than most of the tablets currently available – but will succeed? We would love to hear your opinions.