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Take that, iPad - Lenovo unveils new family of tablets

Posted July 20, 2011

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Lenovo finally has a tablet outside of China. Well, they actually now have three.

Lenovo has been mum about their new tablets in recent weeks, but fans of the world’s No. 3 PC maker no longer have to wait. The company, which bases its headquarters in Morrisville, now has a counter to Apple’s increasingly popular iPad and tablets launched by numerous other competitors.

Lenovo unveiled on Wednesday its first family of tablets – the IdeaPad Tablet K1 for consumers, the ThinkPad Tablet for business customers, and the IdeaPad Tablet P1 for both home and office use.

These new tablets follow the Le Pad, which Lenovo launched first in China, which is its largest market.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1 and ThinkPad Tablet are the company’s first mobile Internet devices in the United States and each feature the Google’s Android “Honeycomb” 3.1 operating system. The IdeaPad Tablet P1 set for U.S. release in the fourth quarter of this year will run Windows 7 OS.

Each of these devices will be the industry’s first tablets certified to deliver Netflix video streaming. The company’s global tablet portfolio also will deliver thousands of apps and services for consumers and business customers alike either through the Android Market or in the Lenovo App Shop.

The Lenovo App Shop features popular applications tested specifically for Lenovo IdeaPad and ThinkPad Tablets.

The virtual marketplace offers apps within a broad range of categories including music, movies, books, productivity, social networking, weather, printing, and more. It also will support enterprise applications and a private corporate application store to help businesses integrate tablets into their daily operations.

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  • deton8tor Jul 20, 2011

    You might also take a hard look at the computer you are using now, no matter what brand name is on it there is a good chance it or at least it's major components were made in China. Myself I'm NOT happy about that but it's the way the world is today.

    Which is really my point we started selling ourselves out a long time ago now we are Dependant on our enemies. They have suckered us in and will own us before long if they don't already. The worst thing we ever did was become a trading partner with China. Now every is made in China and the USA no longer an independent country. It really makes me sick to see what this country has become. We now willingly associate with those people because we are addicted to their cheap trinkets.

  • misschris234 Jul 20, 2011

    "I wouldn't buy one, why would I want to support a Chinese Communist company."

    You might want to stay away from the iPad's as well then, and iphone's for that matter, oh and anything with a chip in it.

  • jeffdewitt Jul 20, 2011

    I don't like supporting the Chinese either but as pointed out Lenovo employs thousands of people here in NC (most of whom are former IBM'ers). You might also take a hard look at the computer you are using now, no matter what brand name is on it there is a good chance it or at least it's major components were made in China. Myself I'm NOT happy about that but it's the way the world is today.

  • deton8tor Jul 20, 2011

    That "Chinese ...company" employs over 6000 people here in North Carolina

    Fine if these people want to work for and support the enemy then that's their problem. I wouldn't work for them if they were the last job on the face of the earth.

  • Enigmatic Jul 20, 2011

    "I wouldn't buy one, why would I want to support a Chinese Communist company." - deton8tor

    Where do you think Apple products are manufactured?

  • genralwayne Jul 20, 2011

    "...why would I want to support a Chinese Communist company."

    That "Chinese ...company" employs over 6000 people here in North Carolina - half of that number right here in the Triangle. It also manufactures the best and most reliable Windows-based computers on the market.

  • OpenM1nd Jul 20, 2011

    "Deton8tor" writes:
    "I wouldn't buy one, why would I want to support a Chinese Communist company[?]"

    Because several hundred jobs here in RTP are part of this company as well. Please don't lose sight of the forest for its trees, and boycott other things from China that have no business importing here, such as fresh and canned farm produce and junk items that you would just as well live without.

  • Pseudonym Jul 20, 2011

    Quote from NCCarguy: "I stream netflix through the ipad...not sure how that's a big selling point?"

    Netflix (actually the MPAA and Netflix is acting as a proxy) requires encryption for streaming movies to cut down on piracy. Apple, with its closed-source iOS, is able to encrypt the data through software. However, Android is built around a Linux kernel, which is open-source. So, the Netflix encryption has to be done through hardware. I think Texas Instruments makes the chip that does that. Maybe somebody geekier than me can set me straight :-)

  • seankelly15 Jul 20, 2011

    deton8tor - "I wouldn't buy one, why would I want to support a Chinese Communist company."

    I guess you don't shop at WalMart either.

  • smack Jul 20, 2011

    IdeaPad is a whole line of products from desktops to notebooks that have been around LONG before the IPad. and IdeaPad isn't the name of the actual tablet.

    I can't wait to get one :)

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