Lenovo has yet to announce a US launch date or price for the upcoming IdeaPad K1 tablet with Google Android. But the tablet keeps showing up online, giving us a pretty good idea that it’s going to launch soon and for around $499.99. Lenovo hasn’t confirmed those details yet, but here’s what the company has done: posted a set of 15 videos showing most of the tablet’s features.
The videos range from a general overview of the tablet to an explanation of that square widget that you see in the center of the home screen in most of the promotional photos.
It’s called the Lucky Launcher Widget, and out of the box it simply offers shortcuts to your email, a movie download service, the Zinio magazine app and the Amazon MP3 music store. The widget can be customized to show other apps though.
Lenovo is also offering its own app store for the tablet. It doesn’t seem to offer anything that you can’t also get from the Android Market — aside from a way for Lenovo to take a cut of revenue from app sales, I imagine.
There’s a desktop app called LeTools which allows you to connect your device to a PC via a USB or WiFi connection to synchronize your data including music , pictures, videos, documents, browser bookmarks, and contacts. The desktop app also lets you see how much free space is on your tablet with a very iTunes-like visualization.
You can also drag and drop files to your tablet from your desktop just by dragging and dropping them onto the LeTools app. There’s also a nifty feature that lets you “paste” text to a device. For instance, you can use this to copy a phone number to your tablet.
While Google Android doesn’t come with a file browser, Lenovo appears to have preloaded the tablet with a file manager which also makes an appearance in the LeTools video.
Other videos cover basic Android features such as the ability to set a password for the lock screen, uninstall apps, or connect to a WiFi network.
Overall, I think the most exciting thing I found in the videos was the wireless sync feature in the LeTools software. But the introduction video also does a great job of showing the tablet’s design including an HDMI output, rotation lock switch, and accessible SIM card slot.
via Netbook News