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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 To Retail At $799, Includes Keyboard

The Lenovo ThinkPad 2 tablet made an appearance at the PepCom event in New York City last week, reports WPCentral.

The tablet includes a keyboard, and together, should cost $799, according to Lenovo representatives at the press event. By comparison, Microsoft’s Surface Pro Tablet is pegged for a $799 price without a keyboard, while the keyboard cover itself will set users back an extra $199. Users, however, who do not want a keyboard with the ThinkPad 2 tablet may probably be able to purchase the tablet PC alone for around $100 to $200 less, according to CNET.

The Lenovo ThinkPad 2 tablet, which is targeted at enterprise users, reportedly runs on a 1.8GHz Intel Clover Trail CPU. It will also sport Windows 8 Pro Operating System and come with the full Microsoft Office 2013 Suite pre-installed on the device. This is a notable change on the tablet, since its predecessor, the original ThinkPad tablet, was based on Android operating system.

Its IPS display, which measures 10.1 inches diagonally, will have a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. This display supports the use of a stylus, which will make input easier. Users will likewise find a high-resolution 8-megapixel camera with flash on the tablet’s rear and a 2-megapixel camera on its front.

The tablet’s interface furthermore features an HDMI output port, an Ethernet port, three USB ports, a docking connector, as well as a fingerprint reader. The tablet also has an LTE radio that will allow the user to enjoy fast Internet speeds through AT&T’s network. Leaked slides also show that the Windows 8 tablet comes with 2GB of DDR2 RAM and a 64GB Solid State Disk.

It may be recalled that the tablet was first spotted during Computex 2012, and later on the Federal Communications Commission website.

The Lenovo ThinkPad 2 tablet will be officially launched on October 26. Its availability is still unknown as of the moment.

via wpcentral, cnet

Huge Week At Thedroidguy

This week we’ve got a huge week planned for our loyal Twitter followers, TDGN listners and TDG readers. First off, this weekend we’ve got teams in Pennsylvania, New York and DC to cover the 10th anniversary of September 11th with meporter, the 360 app and live share.

Then Monday-Wednesday we have a TDG crew at Tech Crunch Disrupt in San Francisco, where the story about Mike Arrington has overshadowed any chance of any hopeful start up from getting any press, but we’ll be there to cover all the action just like we did at TCD NY.  Learn about the newest start ups to hit Android and the tech scene. How many location based services will we see? And is Arrington hosting or not? Watch TDG coverage throughout the event.

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The Drop Box Killer Is Almost Here (CE Week NY Coverage 2011)

We took a press briefing with the great people at WYSE the day after Google IO ended back in San Francisco.  They wanted to show off some of the really cool things that they were working on for the next version of PocketCloud, the best, bar none, remote desktop for Android.

Shortly after that meeting, we tweeted that the “Drop Box Killer” was on the way.  Many people thought we were talking about competitors box.net or sugarsync. Nope, we were talking about PocketCloud. It is one of the many Dropbox alternative options available today.

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Slacker Radio’s HUGE update

This has been a long time coming, way back in September, myself, Kyle (TDG), RussellHolly, Aaron BuckNAH, and Aaron Kasten all went to NYC to a press event.  If I remember correctly there were 75+ vendors showing that day.  In the middle of the show floor was the Slacker booth.  After a lot of walking, taking photos, talking, and basically being completely overwhelmed – I found myself talking to the Slacker Radio crew.

They walked us through the Slacker app for Android, spoke of some of what was coming, and then dropped this bombshell regarding Slacker Premium.  I have been a Slacker fan for a long time.  I basically completely dropped Pandora after the Slacker app dropped for Android.  There have always been a few changes I wished they would make, but never enough to stick with any other streaming service.

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A Discussion with the Qik Team

Qik has been front and center in the Android Community a lot recently.  Between it’s addition to the HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Epic 4G, as well as the upcoming Galaxy Tab models, it would be amazing if you have not heard of them.  I spent nearly 20 minutes talking to the team at the Holiday Spectacular.

First and foremost I would like to say that I am a loyal user of Qik and have used it with all of the phones I’ve had.  Qik has stepped up their game since the release of the Evo and Epic.  Having the ability to video chat with people sounded absolutely stupid to me, until I tried it.  I have spent a lot of time traveling recently and I have actually ended up saving significant amounts of money while travelling internationally.  Instead of paying for roaming minutes to call I have used Qik to video chat, granted this was over WiFi.  I was able to check up on my dog who historically has not gotten along with other dogs but stayed with my best friend.  While in Canada I was able to see video of him playing with my friends dog.  It set my mind at ease.  Also, I was able to find out see video of an ultrasound that my friend was having, in real time.

While I was at Pepcom I thought to ask if there were plans to expand to other platforms and this is not limited to mobile.  “We will be expanding to other platforms – including PC.” I was told by the engineer on hand at Pepcom.  Unfortunately I did not hear whether or not they were also going to expand to the Mac platform.  The team was very excited over the Apple announcement the previous day stating that facetime is going to be an open standard.  Qik currently runs on Android, Palm, Nokia, and Apple devices.

When I left the Qik presentation area I could not help but think to myself, Skype had better sever it’s exclusive Android deal with Verizon soon or a large number of people might just make the switch over to Qik.  That may seem like a big statement but I personally have lost my love affair with Skype already as I’ve waited and waited to have it available to use on my phone.  If that is the case for me, why not many others?

Qik supported devices and I need to point out that video chat is limited to phones and tablets with front-facing cameras.