Lenovo’s jumping in on the tablet gravy train with three new offerings – the IdeaPad Tablet K1, P1 and ThinkPad branded tablet for business. While the IdeaPad P1 is your regular Windows on tablet deal, the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad tablet will be powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 superchip. Both will be using Google’s already prolific Android Honeycomb 3.1 The ThinkPad tablet intrigues us the most, simply because it’s the first time we’ve seen Honeycomb put on a suit and be made to work in a corporate setting. Lenovo says that it’ll still be able to keep data safe with layered data security, and that “the device is easily supported by IT managers thanks to a suite of business partner solutions that include anti-theft software and the ability to disable the tablet if the device is lost or stolen with Computrace.” That’s going be easier said than done we suppose, especially since malware for the platform is exponentially rising. Future owners of the ThinkPad tablet will have the option to buy a digitizer pen and a ThinkPad quality Keyboard Folio Case with optical TrackPoint for the days they yearn for a keyboard.
The 32GB model IdeaPad Tablet K1 is priced at $479, and can be ordered in the U.S. starting July 20, 2011, amd will be generally available worldwide during the third quarter 2011. The 16GB ThinkPad Tablet is priced at $479 without the digitizer pen, and at $509 including the digitizer pen, for Wi-Fi models. There is also an optional keyboard portfolio carrying case available for $99. Lenovo is also promising a 3G version of the ThinkPad Tablet after launch. The IdeaPad Tablet P1 will be available in the fourth quarter 2011.