ThinkPad Tablet now available from

Another Android slate has joined the party. As expected, Lenovo started taking orders for its new ThinkPad Tablet earlier today. The cheapest device will set you back $499 and sport 16GB of storage capacity and Wi-Fi connectivity. Right now, Lenovo is quoting a tentative ship date of August 29.

Folks with deeper pockets can splurge on the $569 and $669 versions of the device, which pack 32GB and 64GB of flash storage, respectively. Both can connect to 3G networks. Optional accessories include a $70 Tablet Dock, a $40 digitizer pen (which is apparently supported by all three ThinkPad Tablet variants), a $50 Folio Case, optical mice, and other miscellaneous nick-knacks.

In case you missed our coverage over these past weeks, the ThinkPad Tablet comes out of the box with a 10.1" 1280x800 display, a Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of low-power DDR2 memory, front and rear cameras, a card reader, USB and HDMI ports, Bluetooth, and a two-cell lithium-polymer battery rated for eight hours of run time. At 1.65 lbs, the ThinkPad Tablet is a tad heavier than the iPad 2. (Thanks to Liliputing for the tip.)

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