What do you get if you take the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Android tablet and stuff it into a business suit and tack on a few enterprise features? Apparently what you get is the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet: a new 10 inch Android tablet from Lenovo aimed at business customers.

The ThinkPad Tablet has all the usual specs including a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, WiFi, HDMI, optional 3G, Android 3.1 operating system, and up to 64GB of storage. But this table also has a few other features up its sleeve including a pressure-sensitive Think Pad Tablet pen for writing or drawing, and a Folio keyboard case with Lenovo’s TrackPoint system.

Like the Toshiba Thrive Android tablet, the ThinkPad Tablet also has a standard sized USB port and SD card reader for copying files to and from the device. There’s also support for encrypting data on an SD card. Customers will also get 2GB of free cloud-based storage which should make it easier to move files to and from the tablet.

The tablet has an IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass, so it should be rather difficult to break. It measures 10.3″ x 7.2″ x 0.6″ and weighs 1.58 pounds. That makes the ThinkPad Tablet a little smaller and lighter than the IdeaPad K1, but difference is pretty small.

One unusual design decision is the inclusion of physical buttons on one side of the device, since Google Android Honeycomb is designed to be used without any buttons. But while older Android devices typically had home, menu, back, and search buttons, this tablet has a slightly different layout with home, back, browser, and screen orientation lock buttons.

Lenovo will preload the tablet with DataViz Documents To Go software for viewing and editing Microsoft Office documents.

Aside from the Keyboard Folio case, Lenovo will offer an optional ThinkPad Tablet dock with HDMI, USB, mic, and stereo output jacks.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet goes up for order today with a starting price of $479. It will be available throughout the US in August and it’s due out in the rest of the world during the third quarter of 2011.

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6 replies on “Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet gets down to business with Android”

  1. You’re right. When Lenovo sent out the press info a few weeks ago they said it would be $499, but now that the product page is online it says $479. That may be a promotional price, but $20 is $20. 

  2. No Hulu support… no thanks!  Lenovo missed an opportunity here to show Hulu content over HDMI at my home.

    Netflix needs to get their act together and buy some new content and slash subscription prices, not raise them.

    1. you know after netflix raised their prices and then i realized no tablets had support for it i started looking at the competitors, and hulu plus doesnt really come with anything special, i feel like they have all the same content except they get new crappy shows like 2 and a half men..

  3. it is totally not understandable why the whole pc industry is trying to force so called *business tablets” with android. android is by all means “business os”, either are there windows, linux/unix or mac systems running. personally, i find this trend riducoulos.

  4. I wonder why they added those physical buttons?  I’m surprised it starts at $499 even though it has the pen input.

  5. Damn it, even tho that may be a bit rich for me i so want that tablet complete with case!

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