This pricing puts the ThinkPad in the same price category as the Toshiba Thrive, also another great productivity tablet. After 6 years of owning the “ThinkPad” branding for laptops, Lenovo is finally putting the name to even better use as a tablet. Move over iPad, ThinkPad’s been around a lot longer.
What makes the ThinkPad so productive?
Lenovo knows the laptop market. Although they aren’t the king of the market share in the category, at one time the ThinkPad was. As a laptop manufacturer they have great hindsight when it comes to business users. First off the display is 1280×800 on an IPS Gorilla Glass touchscreen. Corning’s Gorilla Glass is extremely durable in all kinds of environments.
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Although the dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor is standard on most 10.1″ Honeycomb tablets the other hardware makes the ThinkPad even more appealing.
The ThinkPad features a USB Host port that allegedly includes a powered bus, meaning not only can you hook up USB peripherals like keyboards and mice, but also portable hard drives by the likes of Seagate and Western Digital. You should also be able to hook most digital cameras directly to the ThinkPad by way of USB.
If the USB connection doesn’t work for your digital camera have no fear the ThinkPad features a 3 in 1 card reader which includes full sized and microSD. The full size SD slot means that when the higher capacity SD cards (64gb and 128gb) become available you should be able to use them in the ThinkPad as well. A feature that right now only the Thrive has.
The Lenovo ThinkPad will be available (wi-fi only) at your major retailers in the US including BestBuy and Amazon for $479.99 (16gb) and $589 (32gb). TFTS is reporting that a carrying case with a full sized keyboard will also be available for $99.99.
Lenovo is planning on releasing a version of the ThinkPad with wireless capability in the next quarter.