Lenovo Jumps into the Android Tablet Fray with a Strong Competitor

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    Today appears to be a great day for Android Tablet news. It looks like the company Lenovo is entering the "arena" of competition for Android Tablet Wars with a serious new contender. The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet is actually very similar to the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. Here's a spec breakdown:
    • 10.1-inch IPS display
    • Android 3.0 Honeycomb
    • NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
    • USB ports
    • SD card reader
    • microUSB
    • HDMI
    • Wifi and 3G versions
    • 16GB/32GB/64GB Versions
    • Optional Keyboard Booklet and Cradle, ala Eee Pad Transformer.
    • Cisco security software
    • Stylus-like pen input like the HTC Flyer
    That's an impressive list of features. They seem to have thrown everything at this device. Lenovo is currently one of the most solid PC manufacturers around. It'll be interesting to see what kind of build quality this tablet has. What do you guys think?

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    Source: AndroidTablets.net via ThisIsMyNext.com
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    Stylus.. Resistive screen?
    Usb means a thicker form factor...
    Just a few issues I see initially

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    Honestly it's all about price with these tablets, most of them have around same specs with a little fluff.
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    I have to disagree...
    Price sets your options but a cheap pos is just that, fluffy or not.
    I was in fry's last saturday and saw one that was at least 9/16 " thick with vents all the way around the sides? Brand quickly forgotten...lol
    Not all screens are created equal either... Once you're used to fast and responsive... Your skin will crawl at anything less...

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    Stylus.. Resistive screen?
    Probably. But this will keep cost down and allow for higher # of units to be manufactured sooner since capacitive touch screens are the hold up in the other tablets right now.

    Usb means a thicker form factor...
    Not necessarily. And even so you are talking millimeters not centimeters.
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    The screen will be capacitive, the stylus will be the capacitive type.

    If Lenovo was trying to save money they certainly would not have chose the S-IPS type display.

    If the stylus input is excellent this tablet will likely find its way into the hands of doctors currently using the Ipad 2 as their digital chart.
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    Totally agree with Prime. The Flyer also has a capacitive screen. I don't really see any of the good manufacturers going backwards with screens.

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    Glad to see more tablets going the route of a keyboard dock. :)
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    I'm a Psychologist and I am eagerly awaiting the release of this device. Aside from not caring much for apple products in general, I've held off on buying an Ipad in part because of the lack of any kind of good stylus or handwriting recognition.

    If this includes good handwriting recognition software I will definitely purchase one. I type over 70 wpm, but i'm not about to type on a laptop during a therapy session.
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    Yea that's all common sense, whichever is why I said specs. Thanks for appleing my orange.
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    According to this article by tom's hardware it will have a capacitative screen and will sell for $499.

    I'm so getting it if the reviews are good.

    I've read about stylus use on other capacitative screen tablets. The screen senses the stylus and turns off input from everything but the tip of the stylus, which means you can write on the thing and rest your hand on it.
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    I wonder which memory amount will be $499. If it is for 16GB then $499 is a bit high. Also, the screen appears to be more like 4:3 instead of the more common Android tablet widescreen. It looks more iPad size.
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    My guess would be the 16gb is $499, I really like the pen input though. It would probably be great for taking notes when I start med school this Fall.
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    Whats the big deal with the stylus though? Capacitive styluses are already out. I use a capacitive stylus to take notes/draw on my gtablet all the time. Also, as someone said before having a usb port doesn't necessarily mean the device will be huge
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    When you use the stylus does it disable touch input from your hand? Like can you rest your palm on it?

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    Ah it doesn't do that. Not really a biggie for me, but I could see how that would be a very nice feature for some. I wonder if an app would be able to accomplish that same thing
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    I think it's quite possible that an app could accomplish it. I believe there's an app on the Ipad that does it.

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    I use a stylus on my gtab and xoom as well...
    Just to clarify, I mentioned the one I had seen with them were thick...
    But after looking at it...
    The hard buttons are an instant fail, love the versatility of a clean slate :)

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    From: N-Trig Android Tablet With DuoSense | TheTechJournal.com

    " Utilizing N-trig hardware, devices running over Android can expand conventional slate functionality by using both the DuoSense pen and multi-touch capabilities. The combination of DuoSense and Android opens up new windows of opportunity for the Android pen community to utilize the N-trig Digital PencilTM to expand functionality from traditional media consumption and create pen-enabled applications for more precise and creative on-screen user interaction.N-trig‘s DuoSense solution will be integrated in a number of Android slates due to be launched in 2011."

    The difference will probably be better implementation of stylus input and the capability of converting handwriting to text. I would bet n-trig is going to be integrated into the lenovo tablets.

    For me, and for others (I know a number of psychiatrists and other medical doctors who would love a tablet like this), converting handwriting to text would be huge. Tablet PC's are very expensive. I can't justify paying an extra $1000 over the cost of a decent business laptop just so I can write my notes in session (as opposed to writing them after the session is over, which is what I do now). However a $500 tablet that does handwriting recognition would be amazing. The additional laptop dock is definitely icing.
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    It is also pressure sensitive.