Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lenovo ThinkPad slate tablet (Android OS) is now on sale

The Lenovo ThinkPad tablet is now on sale. Don't get this one confused with the ThinkPad X220 tablets that are convertible laptops.

The ThinkPad tablet runs Android and it's a slate. However, you're limited to the Wi-Fi versions for now. The tablets that include 3G radios will be coming in October. Even though theThinkPad tablets run Google's Android OS, this tablet isn't just like all the other Android tablets out there. This one is really built for business users who require enterprise-level services. Sounds like it could be a good fit for the health care industry. This photo is from GottaBeMobile.

The ThinkPad tablet includes a digitzer pen and has a built-in pen storage compartment in the tablet. It also includes multiple connectivity ports: Native USB 2.0 and micro-USB ports, full-size SD card slot and mini-HDMI output. You won't find these features on most Android tablets (or the Apple iPad for that matter).

Lenovo has made a nice tablet here, but I wonder why it won't be available with a 4G antenna this fall. After all, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Motorola Xoom are available with 4G.

Here's a brief description of the new ThinkPad Tablet:

This all-business tablet has all the security, access and power you demand. Get more done when you combine those dynamic features with Android and its robust world of apps.

  • Android 3.1 installed, a premiere business-optimized mobile platform
  • Data encryption, corporate email and security features for safe communication inside and outside your network
  • Digitizer pen for comfortable note taking
  • HD display and HDMI output for crisp and defined presentations on large monitors
  • Integrated cloud sharing and storage to easily move large files between team members and offices
  • Preloaded productivity apps, including Documents to Go® and PrinterShare®
  • Full Flash support for online media

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