updated 04:05 pm EDT, Sun June 26, 2011
Lenovo IdeaPad, ThinkPad tablets may hit this week
A Lenovo affiliate newsletter has given clues that the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad Tablet could be unveiled as soon as this coming week. The company's "upcoming product launches" have the K1 unveiled in late June or early July with the ThinkPad's date narrowed to June 28. Although both are believed to be Android-based, Liliputing in uncovering the info cautioned that the ThinkPad might be a Windows model.
The K1 is better known as the long-delayed LePad and will be typical Android 3 tablet with a 10-inch, 1280x800 screen and an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. Lenovo's main addition will be its own custom interface, although product shots show a milder re-skin than first thought.
ThinkPad Tablets based on Android are expected to have both pro apps and tighter integration with corporate networks. Its internal hardware will be virtually identical to those on the IdeaPad. Outside, though, it will have pen support and work with a special notebook dock to reassure those who want a hardware keyboard and trackpad.
At least the IdeaPad should start off at or near $500 for a 16GB model.