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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.