If you’d asked me five years ago whether we’d one day see a ThinkPad slate running a Google operating system, I probably would have shaken my head. Yet here we are today, with three new 10.1" tablets boldly advertised on Lenovo’s website: the IdeaPad Tablet K1, IdeaPad Tablet P1, and ThinkPad Tablet.
The IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad Tablet both feature Tegra 2 processors, Android 3.1 software, up to 1GB of DDR2 RAM, up to 64GB of storage capacity, HDMI output, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. At 1.6 lbs, the consumer-oriented IdeaPad K1 is rounder, lighter, and blessed with longer battery life (as much as 10 hours). The more rectangular, business-oriented ThinkPad Tablet tips the scales at 1.7 lbs and can stay up only eight hours, but Lenovo sweetens the pot with extra perks like 3G connectivity, a digitizer, and a suite of business apps.
Lenovo hasn’t released many details about the IdeaPad P1, but it does say the device will run Windows 7. That likely implies some sort of Atom processor, a higher price tag, and potentially shorter battery life. And it certainly won’t be magical.
You can look forward to the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad Tablet next month. The IdeaPad P1 will take a little longer to arrive—Lenovo quotes a nebulous "fall 2011" availability time frame.