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Lenovo iPad 2 Competitor Is Shipping Already

The Android-powered Lenovo Ideapad K1 tablet has officially gone on sale in the US courtesy of Office Depot, after its expected launch date as well as pictures of the tablet emerged in mid June 2011.

The tablet, which looks a lot like the HP TouchPad, joins the growing legion of Apple iPad 2 rivals already on the market. Another upmarket version of the tablet under the ThinkPad branding, is expected to be launched later this year and is likely to target the corporate market.

The device costs $499.99 and comes with an Nvidia Tegra 2 system on chip clocked at 1GHz, 32GB onboard storage, a five megapixel rear camera and a two megapixel front facing one, a microSD card slot, microHDMI out, a SIM card slot, a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel capacitive touchscreen, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Wi-Fi and weighs 726g.

The set of features resembles those of the Motorola XOOM although Lenovo's tablet is $100 cheaper. It will come either in black or white and has an aluminium rear casing. Interestingly, the Lenovo Ideapad K1 is expected to have a battery life of up to 10 hours, more than any of its competitors. We have yet to hear from Lenovo as to whether the Lenovo Ideapad K1 will be available in the UK and if so, at what cost.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

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.