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Friday, 23 September 2011 11:07

We played with Lenovo’s ThinkPad tablet

Written by Fuad Abazovic


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We had a chance to see many tablets, including the rarely seen Samsung 7.7 inch, a surprisingly thin piece of kit, Sony Tablet S as well as Lenovo’s ThinkPad tablet.

We were informed Lenovo representatives that this tablet should be available as we speak in the European market and the 16GB version starts at €479 including all taxes. Of course if you want 3G modem inside the same model, featuring the same 1GB of RAM, you will only have to pay €20 more as it starts at €500. This is the first decently priced 3G tablet we’ve seen so far, at least when it comes to proper brands.

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Some online shops in Germany already have them in stock. The 32GB version with 3G sells for under €590,  while the 64GB with 3G sells for €670. This is a Tegra 2 based tablet with Android 3.2 but it comes with a stylus, something we haven’t seen with other Android 3.x tablets. Lenovo has a card reader that supports SD, MMC and SDHC cards, it has mini HDMI that can output 1080P video, 1x USB 2.0, 1x Micro USB, 1x Cradle  Connector (for docking) and 1x Combo Audio/Mic Jack. It also ships with ThinkPad Ear-Buds (57Y4488).

It weighs 731 grams and comes with front facing 2MP webcam and a 5MP camera on the back, Bluetooth 3.0 and integrated 3250mAh Li-Polymer battery. Naturally it has speakers and an integrated microphone. It has four physical buttons including, home, back and browser.

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As you can see it features as very glossy finish and you can see what grease fingers do to it, but the new thing to well known Android 3.x interface is video, audio, ebook and mail launcher in the mid screen. The backside is matte, comfortable to hold, so we don’t have anything to complain here. Obviously this red thing is the hidden pen, and it does the job. It is worth noting that this is Lenovo’s business edition, so it features Documents to Go, a clever and simple way of editing and viewing Office and PDF files, along with a few other software suites that can make your life easier.

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The price looks acceptable, it’s not to die for, but it can be a good start. We definitely like the fact that it has connectors, something that thin and sexy Samsung Tab 10.1 doesn’t. Lenovo has keyboard, and some other accessories for the tablet, and can make it look like a ThinkPad notebook.


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