What appear to be leaked or filched PowerPoint slides and a PDF from Lenovo reveal a new super-thin Android 3.0 tablet due out soon, aimed at the enterprise market, and a new generation of ultra-thin notebooks with advanced battery technology.
The tablet will have a range of links and apps that will tie it into existing enterprise directories, and management and security applications. It's not clear if this device makes use of the same battery breakthrough as the new notebooks. According to the PDF, the notebooks' battery will run three times longer and charge 2.5 times faster compared to those in Lenovo's existing ThinkPad line.
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The price for the ThinkPad Tablet or Think Slate (both names are used in the documents) is $499, with a target ship date of June.
The PowerPoint deck reveals the following details about the tablet:
-- 1.6 pounds and just 0.55 inches thick.
-- 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 IPS capacitive display; there will be an optional pen-based input feature for "sketching and note-taking."
-- USB 2.0, Micro USB, mini-HDMI ports; full-sized SD card slot.
-- Wi-Fi, with 3G optional (ThisIsMyNext says 4G also will be an option).
-- Dual-core Tegra 2 processor, with 16, 32 or 64GB of storage.
-- "Seamless integration with your existing IT infrastructure"; support for Cisco's enterprise software (ThisIsMyNext wasn't specific about what that actually means); one slide lists an array of partners, besides Cisco, including Juniper, Symantec, McAfee, Good, Computrace, Wave Secure and LanDesk, indicating these companies may offer apps or hooks into their server-based applications.
-- Password integration with Active Directory; support for Microsoft ActiveSync; "Zero touch deployment" -- over-the-air provisioning of corporate policies; XML-based IT administration configuration.
-- Custom software image, specific to a given enterprise; enterprise application store for corporate tablets.
The separate PDF file was apparently intended for Lenovo's reseller partners, according to Engadget. It describes a "new generation" of notebooks, including the latest ThinkPad Edge 220 and 420 series, but identifies a new, unannounced model: ThinkPad X1.
The battery in the X1 is a sealed unit: Replacing it can only be done by a trained technician.
According to Engadget, information pulled from a Swiss online retailer has the following details:
-- 2.5GHz Core i5-2520M CPU, 160GB solid state disk, 8GB of RAM; SDXC card reader.
-- 13.3-inch Gorilla Glass screen, 1366 x 768 resolution
-- Thickness: 0.85 inches.
According to the information on the Swiss site, X1 will be priced at $2,920 and be available May 20.
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