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Lenovo To Launch Android Tablet To Rival iPad 2

Lenovo sent a marketing email to its affiliate partners telling them that there will be a few products launched in the US over the next two months.

The most interesting one is the IdeaPad K1, which is Lenovo's first Android-based tablet and is expected to launch either in the last days of June or in July.

It is not known whether the tablet will be available in the UK and if so at what price. What is known though is that it comes with a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel display, a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core system on chip and will run Google Android 3.1 Honeycomb.

That's roughly the same configuration as the other four major Android-tablets on the market - the Motorola XOOM, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Acer Iconia A500 and the Asus Eee Pad.

Liliputing, which posted the Affiliate Newsletter (opens in new tab), reckons that the K1 will cost around $500 at retail which is more expensive than the iPad 2 or the HP TouchPad.

The other device of interest, the ThinkPad tablet, is set to debut on the 28th of June; it is not known whether it is a totally new product or a convertible Windows-based tablet PC.

Lenovo has tried in the past to be innovative with products such as the Skybook, an Android-based ultra portable laptop that was ahead of its time, and the Hybrid Ideapad laptop which brought a tablet and a keyboard together in the same form factor.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.