Android and Windows-based Lenovo tablets to arrive

Lenovo has finally entered the tablet market by unveiling a pair of devices running Android 3.1, with a Windows tablet to follow.

Lenovo unveiled tablets at CES in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year – and released the LePad in China – but the ThinkPad and IdeaPad are the first to be given release dates in Australia.

First up is the ThinkPad Tablet, a business-focused device running Android, which is generally regarded as a consumer OS. The tablet will be released in September along with a carry case featuring a built-in keyboard and integrated optical trackpoint. It will also come with an optional, pressure-sensitive capacitive pen to make note-taking easier, Lenovo said.

The 10.1in ThinkPad Tablet runs a 1GHz, dual-core Nvidia Tegra, and features a 1,280 x 800 IPS display made of Gorilla Glass for extra durability. It’s 13.3mm thick and weighs 750g, with Lenovo promising an eight-hour battery life.

The ThinkPad comes preloaded with software including security tools for encryption, VPN, and remote device wiping, as well as popular games such as Angry Birds. It features wi-fi and Bluetooth, and supports a SIM card for 3G, as well as USB, micro-USB and Mini HDMI ports.