Lenovo is now taking orders for its ThinkPad Tablet running Google Android 3.1 Honeycomb. Prices start at $499 for a 16GB model. A 32GB version is available for $569, and you can snag a 64GB model for $669.
On paper the ThinkPad Tablet looks a lot like other Honeycomb tablets. It has a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel multitouch display, 1GB of memory, and an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor. The 16GB model is WiFi-only, while Lenovo will offer 3G options for the 32GB and 64GB models starting in October.
But here are a few things that set the ThinkPad tablet apart from most of its peers:
- There’s support for pressure-sensitive input with an optional $30 ThinkPad Tablet Pen.
- An optional $100 keyboard folio case adds a keyboard and an optical TrackPoint system.
- It’s one of the first Honeycomb tablets to support Netflix video streaming.
- While Google Android Honeycomb doesn’t require physical buttons, Lenovo offers hardware keys for home, back, web browser, and screen orientation lock.
The tablet also comes with DataViz Documents To Go software for editing office documents. It has a front-facing 2MP camera and a rear facing 5MP camera, a mini HDMI port, a USB 2.0 port, a micro USB port, and a dock connector.
The ThinkPad tablet has a 24.1 Whr battery, measures 10.3″ x 7.2″ x 0.6″ and weighs about 1.6 pounds. It’s expected to ship starting on August 29th, but it’s available for order starting today.