Lenovo launches Android tablets; Windows 7-based tablet coming soon

Lenovo, currently the third biggest PC maker in the world (behind HP and Dell) has now launched its first entries in the very crowded tablet PC space. Today the company announced that it has started selling the IdeaPad Tablet K1, a consumer based tablet that is running Android 3.1. In early August it will begin selling the ThinkPad Tablet, another Android 3.1 product that's aimed at the business market.

The IdeaPad Tablet K1, shown above, has a 10.4 inch screen, 32 GB of hard drive storage and weights less than 1.7 pounds. The tablet is powered by Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor at 1.0 Ghz. It has both Bluebooth and WiFi wireless support, a MicroSD card reader, a mini-HDMI connection, a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera. It's the first Android 3.1 tablet with a Netflix streaming video app and the IdeaPad Tablet K1 also has a number of free games and apps pre-installed including Vendetta Online and others. The pricing for the tablet is $499.

On August 2, the ThinkPad Tablet will be available for sale. This business oriented tablet shares the IdeaPad Tablet's K1 specs of a Tegra 2 processor and an Android 3.1 operating system. However the tablet comes both in 16 GB models ($479) and 32 GB models ($589 with digitizer pen). It also has features such as a full USB port, a full SD card reader and more. A version of the ThinkPad Tablet with 3G access will be released later this fall.

Also coming later this fall from Lenovo is the IdeaPad Tablet P1. This will be one of the rare tablets that will have Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system running inside along with a 1.5 Ghz processor from Intel. Pricing for the 10.1 inch tablet has yet to be announced.

Image via Lenovo

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Looks better than Xoom. Especially the UI.
And what's that oval thingy on the right side of the the edge?

> one of the rare tablets that will have Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system

And there's a reason for that.

Seriously, who's asking for a tablet using an OS that wasn't designed for it? This'll fail and they'll be left wondering why.

_dandy_ said,
Seriously, who's asking for a tablet using an OS that wasn't designed for it? This'll fail and they'll be left wondering why.

Speak for yourself, one of my tablets is running Windows 7 very nicely thank you. And wasn't designed for it? What do you think multitouch, handwriting recognition and all the other tablet stuff is for, eye candy?

Max Norris said,

Speak for yourself, one of my tablets is running Windows 7 very nicely thank you. And wasn't designed for it? What do you think multitouch, handwriting recognition and all the other tablet stuff is for, eye candy?

Indeed, Windows 7 has the most powerful and accurate handwriting recognition available stock on any consumer device on the market. It's a brilliant CONVERTIBLE tablet OS for people who have work to do and can make use of it. As a CONSUMPTION platform, however, it cannot compete with the iPad, which is just attractive enough to make people do crazy, idiotic things like re-invent the stylus--albeit grudgingly--to give creative types something to be creative with.

Even if it pales in comparison to the functionality of even the weakest Wacom offering.

masoodzafar said,
I will love windows 8 tablet and i hope Microsoft do this in 2012

just hope for a Windows 8 tablet SKU then! i doubt Windows 8 (for desktops and laptops) is going to run very well on a tablet - at least not w/ today's specs.

Jdawg683 said,

just hope for a Windows 8 tablet SKU then! i doubt Windows 8 (for desktops and laptops) is going to run very well on a tablet - at least not w/ today's specs.

Windows 8 is being compiled for x86-64 as well as ARM, and has a "Touch First" UI so it will be better than you think -- see neowin's article's on Windows 8 and you'll see

Jdawg683 said,

just hope for a Windows 8 tablet SKU then! i doubt Windows 8 (for desktops and laptops) is going to run very well on a tablet - at least not w/ today's specs.

All things considered, Windows 7 runs pretty well on a netbook, and LAST year's tablets had better specs than your garden variety EeePC. With Windows 8 being as light--or lighter--on resources than Windows 7, I think the belief that the desktop OS is too much of a burden for tablet hardware is pulled out of the air.

Think about it, we're putting dual core CPUs in smart phones with talk of quad-cores next year. Memory is fast pacing itself into desktop territory even on phones with 3.5" screens. To top it all off, tablets universally take advantage of solid state storage, which eliminates a massive bottleneck the computing world has put up with for decades. Hell, a netbook from 2009 with a solid state harddrive boots into Windows 7 faster than many high end desktops of the same year suffering the burden of mechanical storage.

It's time to let go of the idea that the desktop OS is a clunky beast not adaptable to anything other than increasing the complexity. It can be simplified. We have the technology.

Joshie said,

With Windows 8 being as light--or lighter--on resources than Windows 7,

Windows 8 will be twice heavier than Windows 7 carrying both standard and touch-screen billion lines of code.

alexalex said,

Windows 8 will be twice heavier than Windows 7 carrying both standard and touch-screen billion lines of code.

It runs on an ARM chip doofy

alexalex said,

Windows 8 will be twice heavier than Windows 7 carrying both standard and touch-screen billion lines of code.


That doesn't even make sense. Windows 7 already has touch code in it. Heck, XP was when they started throwing touch code into the OS. There isn't a separate 'standard' and 'touch' code base any more than there's a separate 'keyboard' and 'mouse' code base. Input is input. All that's changing is making new software that responds differently. Derp.

MS Lose32 said,
Do you prefer the iPad then? Android 3.x kicks the sh*t out of the giant iPod Touch that is the iPad.

Speaking as someone who isn't a fan of the iPad, I still think your comment is unfounded and hilarious. Even I, with no desire to ever own any Apple products, am aware of the irrefutable reality that the iPad has more tablet-specific software available than Android does at this time. To argue that the iPad is just a stretched out version of the smaller form factor while Android tablets are quite LITERALLY limited almost entirely to small form-factor apps makes you sound either ignorant or blinded by fanboyism.

Grow up.

Joshie said,

Speaking as someone who isn't a fan of the iPad, I still think your comment is unfounded and hilarious. Even I, with no desire to ever own any Apple products, am aware of the irrefutable reality that the iPad has more tablet-specific software available than Android does at this time. To argue that the iPad is just a stretched out version of the smaller form factor while Android tablets are quite LITERALLY limited almost entirely to small form-factor apps makes you sound either ignorant or blinded by fanboyism.

Grow up.

I tell you what, walk over to a Best Buy or something and check an Android 3.x tablet out. For starters, widgets on the home screens are immensely more useful than an icon grid. Quick access buttons to the previous screen, to view running apps, and go to the home screen are all in the bottom left corner. And for the lack of apps, that's less of a problem of Android and more of a problem of time.

MS Lose32 said,
Do you prefer the iPad then? Android 3.x kicks the sh*t out of the giant iPod Touch that is the iPad.

I do not like the iPad too.
Now. I just waiting for Windows 8

xwY said,

I do not like the iPad too.
Now. I just waiting for Windows 8

im in the exact same boat as you.. i want a tablet that is not super closed and hip (ipad) and I dont want it looking like a futuristic tablet that tries to make the clock all sweet by looking super digital (android).. I like the playbook and the gf has had one for about 2 months but i just need email soo bad for work and the screen feels pretty cramped.. I am personally loving the HP touchpad and have played with it in the store a few times but if they dont sell alot then I could see HP scrapping support for webOS in a year or so.