Feeds

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet goes on sale

iPad competitor touts business chops

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Mere days after HP threw its TouchPad tablet under the bus, Lenovo has tossed its new iPad-killer candidate into the marketplace.

The 10.1-inch Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet, which went on sale on Tuesday, has a focus and features that give it a far better chance than HP's megaflop to claw some market share away from Apple's "magical and revolutionary" fondleslab.

Lenovo ThinkPad tablet

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet: all business (plus Angry Birds, Netflix, Kindle, mSpot Music...)

While the HP TouchPad – and, for that matter, Apple's iPad – was aimed at a broad market, Lenovo is banging the business drum for the ThinkPad Tablet, calling it "the first true business-friendly tablet", targeting it towards "business users" and "mobile professionals", and touting its "business tablet ecosystem".

That Android 3.1–based ecosystem includes Good Technology's Good for Enterprise mobile app suite, Cisco AnyConnect secure VPN client, Absolute Software's Computrace Mobile device tracker, DataViz' Documents To Go, Printer Anywhere's PrinterShare, McAfee Mobile Security, and more.

And for those times when you'd rather not look at yet another spreadsheet, Angry Birds is one of the "more than 25" apps that come preloaded on the ThinkPad Tablet.

Two hardware options also support the Lenovo tablet's business focus: the ThinkPad Tablet Keyboard Folio ($100) and the ThinkPad Tablet Pen ($39.99). Both do pretty much what their names suggest – the Folio protects the tablet when closed, then unfolds to prop it up on an angle behind a keyboard, while the pen maks it possible to hand-write notes and annotations, and more-accurately make onscreen selections.

Unlike the Cupertinian slab, the ThinkPad Tablet has a reasonable collection of links to the outside world: one full-size and one micro USB port, a mini-HDMI port for external video, a dock connector, and an SD Card slot. As does the tablet's internal storage, the SD Card slot provides full encryption.

The tablet is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor running at 1GHZ, its 1280-by-800 in-plane switching display is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass, and it has two-megapixel front-facing and five-megapixel rear-facing cameras. The whole shebang weighs about 1.6 pounds and is 0.57 inches thick.

Wi-Fi models can now be purchased on Lenovo's web site for $499 (16GB), $569 (32GB), and $669 (64GB); they'll begin shipping next Monday. Wi-Fi plus 3G models are not yet available. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts
Complain to Ofcom that telco has 'effective monopoly'
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights
Virgin Media: UK fans pay the most for the fewest matches
FCC: Gonna need y'all to cough up $1.5bn to put broadband in schools
Kids need more fiber, says Wheeler, and you'll pay for it
NBN Co screws lid on FTTP coffin
Copper and HFC dominate in new corporate plan
prev story

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.