Lenovo is having a hard time keeping its secrets under wrap. Details from the company have leaked regarding its newest tablet-in-the-works, not the consumer-friendly Le Tab but an enterprise-geared ThinkPad Tablet, or Think Slate.
The details come from a Lenovo slide presentation outted by ThisIsMyNext, which uses the terms ThinkPad Tablet and Think Slate interchangeably.
In addition, details about Lenovo's super-thin ThinkPad X1 laptop also are hitting the Internet.
The ThinkPad Tablet, if the PowerPoint holds, will run Android 3.0, or "Honeycomb," be powered by a Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and offer the option of a stylus-not unlike the HTC Flyer tablet, as ThisIsMyNext reports that N-Trig makes the touch screens for both tablets. It'll come in 16-, 32- and 64GB options and feature a 10.1-inch, 1280 by 800 IPS capacitive display-with pen input. It will measure 0.55-inches thin (the iPad 2, for context, measures 0.34 inches) and weigh 715 grams. (A Lenovo slide stacking the ThinkPad Tablet against its competition puts the iPad at 680 grams, though the iPad 2, according to Apple, weighs just 601.)
Also on board will be USB 2.0 and Micro USB slots, a mini-HDMI port, a full-size SD card slot and WiFi connectivity.
"Throw in the 3G and 4G connectivity options that are mentioned and we're pretty much sold on this thing being the mother of Honeycomb tablets," ThisIsMyNext editor Joanna Stern wrote.
Over Honeycomb, Lenovo has fashioned a user interface it's calling the Lenovo Family UI, which Stern said looks a lot like the Skylight interface Lenovo created for the LePad.
Given the ThinkPad tablet's intended market, it'll support Cisco System enterprise software, security solutions from Symantec, McAfee and Computrace, device data encryption, SD card encryption, and the ability to manage policies remotely and wipe or disable the tablet should it go missing, along with a host of other features sure to please most CIOs.
Finally, addressing the tablet-versus-laptop deployment question, there's also the option of a "booklet" dock, a sort of screen-less laptop form factor that the tablet slides into, becoming both the screen and the brains for a laptop user experience.