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Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Android 3.1 Tablet

Windows 7 tablet and two Android models announced

Lenovo is to put Windows 7 on its IdeaPad tablets. The IdeaPad P1 is a 10.1in (1280x800-pixel) capacitive touchscreen tablet with a 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. Storage configurations will include a 64GB SSD.

Lenovo says it is pitching the IdeaPad P1 at consumers and business users, while a similar model, the K1, will be a purely consumer-focused tablet that runs Android 3.1. The IdeaPad K1 will have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth but no 3G option. Lenovo will load it with apps from the likes of EA, the Amazon Kindle e-book reader, Rovio Angry Birds and so on. A SocialTouch interface will provide centralized “one-touch” access to social networks.

As yet, there’s no news of the Windows-touting IdeaPad P1 coming to the UK, but the K1 wil go onsale here in September, along with a business model known as the ThinkPad Tablet.

ThinkPad Tablet will be offered with an optional digitiser pen, a full-size USB port, full-size SD card slot, and mini-HDMI for connecting to external projectors and displays. Business-specific features will include email encryption from Good Technology, 2GB of cloud storage, Citrix virtual desktop support and Computrace remote wiping and laptop tracing in the event of theft. DocsToGo software will come preinstalled.

The tablets will take nVidia Tegra 2 dual-core processors and have a 1280x800-pixel screen. The ThinkPad version’s will be made of Gorilla Glass and be an IPS model for better viewing angles.

The IdeaPad K1 will cost £369; the ThinkPad Tablet £399. 

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