July 20, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Lenovo has been rumored for quite some time to offer an Android tablet, but until today, we never got any concrete information about when those devices would be released. Lenovo decided to make up for lost time by announcing two new Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablets, one of which is available for sale right now.
The Lenovo Ideapad K1 is designed with regular consumers in mind and the ThinkPad keeps business customers in sight. Both devices have striking similarity, namely their support for Netflix. Lenovo’s new Honeycomb tablets are the first to be certified for Netflix, and with HDMI-out ports, the devices can be used to stream to a bigger screen television.
The Ideapad and ThinkPad both have a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor to power quality gaming and many tasks. The IdeaPad comes with over 40 preloaded apps (Angry Birds, Amazon, Netflix, Zinio, etc.), Adobe Flash Player 10.3, and a SocialTouch app that integrates multiple social networks. Users can then expand on those apps by browsing the Android Market or the curated Lenovo App Shop.
It has a 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 1 GB memory, and a 32 GB hard drive.
The ThinkPad is similar, only it focuses on enterprise. The 10.1 inch screen has Gorilla Glass, USB/SD/minii-HDMI ports, and an optional digitizer pen. Additional security is applied to data encryption, anti-theft, remote lockdown, and the ability to run Citrix Receiver virtual desktotp software. There’s up to 64 GB of storage and only weighs 1.65 lbs.
The IdeaPad K1 is on sale for $499 at Lenovo.com/tablets. It will arrive at other retailers in the U.S. this August and throughout the world in Q3 2011. The 16 GB ThinkPad costs $479 ($509 with digitizer pen) and the 32 GB Wi-Fi model will cost $589 with pen. The device will be available for U.S. customers to order on August 2, 2011.