Desktops and Notebooks: Lenovo IdeaPad, ThinkPad Enter Tablet Market

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-07-20 Email Print this article Print
Lenovo has decided to enter the tablet game with three new tablets: An IdeaPad K1 aimed at consumers, a ThinkPad more suited for the enterprise and small and midsize businesses, and an IdeaPad P1 ostensibly aimed at both audiences. Unlike other tablet makers, Lenovo isn't hedging its tablet bets solely on Android: the IdeaPad P1 runs Windows 7, while the other two devices in the line rely on Google Android 3.1. Lenovo claims its Android tablets are the first certified for Netflix, which could possibly sway some cinephiles who use the devices primarily as portable entertainment hubs. For everybody else-that is, people who want their tablets in order to play Angry Birds and perform some light tasks-the tablets' dual-core processors should provide sufficient power under the hood. Given Lenovo's traditional audience in the business realm, it's also no surprise that these latest tablets boast some features designed to integrate them more firmly into the enterprise and SMBs. These include layered data security for the ThinkPad, coupled with business partner solutions such as anti-theft software and Citrix Systems' virtual application support. Given the rate at which employees are bringing their tablets into their workspace, this focus on business apps and security has the potential to give Lenovo a leg up over some of its competitors, who are more intent on conquering the consumer market. But given the crowded state of the tablet space—and the sheer number of Android devices already on store shelves—Lenovo will need to push hard to establish a commanding presence. For more information on this topic click here.

IdeaPad P1

The IdeaPad P1 features a 1.5GHz Intel processor and a 10.1-inch screen. It runs Windows 7.
IdeaPad P1
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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