Lenovo Announces ThinkPad & IdeaPad Tablets, New iPad 2 Challengers

After releasing LePad, a 10 inch Android tablet, Lenovo has announced the release of a ThinkPad tablet with Android 3.1 operating system as well as two IdeaPad tablets.

Along with the ThinkPad tablet, Lenovo is launching two IdeaPads: the IdeaPad P1, running Windows 7; and IdeaPad K1, running Android 3.1, Financial Times blog reports.

The business-oriented ThinkPad tablet is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass and features connections for micro-USB, SD memory cards, Sim card slots and mini HDMI. It has a 5MP front camera and a 2MP rear one, HD viewing technology and IPS (In-Plane-Switching) technology that provides a wide angle view.

The dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and the 8.7 hour battery life are two other selling points of the tablet, which is 5mm thicker than the iPad2 and weighs 100g more.

For an extra charge of $30 you may also enjoy the N-trig pen, to make notes or to convert handwriting into text, and for another $99 you could purchase an elegant case and a physical keyboard.

Idea Pad K1 also runs on Android 3.1 operating system and according to Lenovo, the two are the first Android tablets to feature Netflix video streaming.

While the ThinkPad and the IdeaPad K1 are available for purchase on Lenovo.com, the IdeaPad P1 won't be available until the end of this year.