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Take that, iPad - Lenovo unveils new family of tablets

Posted July 20, 2011 12:01 a.m. EDT
Updated July 20, 2011 12:07 a.m. EDT

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.