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Lenovo launches IdeaPad and ThinkPad tablets

Windows 7 and Android OS on Levono's first tablets

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The Levono IdeaPad P1

Today Levono joined the growing list of computer manufacturers offering a tablet. It has launched three new models, all with 10.1 inch screens and the option of 3G mobile internet connectivity.

The Windows 7-based IdeaPad P1 will compete with the small number of other Windows 7 tablets, such as the Acer Iconia Tab W500. 

The other two tablets, the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad K1, both run on the Android 3.1 operating system seen on tablets such as the Asus Eee Pad Transformer.

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IdeaPad P1 – Windows 7

Weighing approximately 725 grams, the IdeaPad P1 will feel familiar to anyone using a Windows 7 computer. It’s powered by an Intel Atom 1.5GHz processor, though it’s not yet clear whether this is dual-core or single-core. 

There’s 2GB of RAM and an impressive 64GB of internal memory space for storing media and other files, while a microSD card slot provides a means of transferring data across from a computer. Lenovo has not yet announced a price for the P1, but it is expected to reach the shops in Autumn or Winter this year.

ThinkPad K1 – for business

The K1 is an Android 3.1 tablet aimed at the business community. It comes pre-loaded with business-related apps, such asDataviz Documents To Go, allowing you to view, edit and save Microsoft Office documents. There’s an optional physical keyboard that attaches to and folds neatly onto the tablet much like a laptop. 

There’s also a tablet pen for writing and drawing, and 2GB of free cloud based storage. An HDMI port lets you connect the K1 to an HDTV, useful for displaying your work on a big screen. 16GB and 32GB versions will be available from the Autumn. Prices will start around the £500 mark.

IdeaPad K1 – social networking fun

Like the ThinkPad K1, the IdeaPad K1 works on the Android 3.1 platform and features a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor. It is likely to be the thinnest of the three new launches at half an inch thick, and will come pre-loaded with SocialTouch – an app for managing all your social network activity in one place.

An Autumn launch is expected for the K1, with prices starting around £475 for the 16GB version.

Not sure which tablet to go for? Check out our test results and full reviews of around 30 tablets.

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