Lenovo's IdeaPad triple arrives

Lenovo scores a hattrick with triple tablet announcement

You're not anyone in this business unless you have your own tablet. But one isn't enough for Lenovo, which just launched a triple whammy of the 10.1-inch tablets we first caught wind of last month.

The IdeaPad K1 and the ThinkPad Tablet are both Android 3.1-powered slates that score a tablet first being Netflix-certified. The K1 is your average Android tablet with Nvidia 1GHz dual-core guts and a 1280x800 screen. You can also expect the usual tablet accoutrements: dual snappers (2MP and 5MP), a miniHDMI port, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. As an incentive, Lenovo has rammed in 40 apps including Need for Speed Shift, Kindle and everyone's favourite angry avian game, alongside interchangeable covers for a more personal touch.

While the K1 is more run-of-the-mill, the ThinkPad has a boost in spec to accommodate its business-orientated nature. It may sport the same screen and processor, but expect a surprisingly long list of connectivity options – HDMI, USB 2.0, micro USB, 3-in-1 card reader and a SIM card slot – as well as an optional stylus.

The 32GB IdeaPad K1 is priced at US$500 – which the more eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed is the same as a 16GB iPad 2 – and will be available in August. The ThinkPad on the other hand, is available in 16GB and 32GB flavours for US$480 and US$580, respectively, with a 3G model to follow suit shortly afterwards. Impatience getting the better of you? Both are available for pre-order right now. As ever, the rest of the world will be playing a game of catch up later on in the year.

Finally, there's the IdeaPad P1, powered by Windows 7 and a 1.5GHz Intel Atom CPU. Available in both 3G and Wi-Fi flavours, the P1 can support up to 2GB of RAM and like its Android sibling works with an additional stylus. While no pricing details are available, it's expected to put in its official appearance in the US towards the end of the year.


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