Lenovo Mulling ThinkPad Business Tablet

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Lenovo is taking a hard look at the enterprise and may develop a ThinkPad tablet, according to Lenovo VP Peter Hortensius.

“As it makes sense, we’ll absolutely enter that market,” Hortensius said. “I think we have a great foundation from which to build for that,” he recently claimed in an interview with PC World.

According to Hortensius, Lenovo will monitor the market and react accordingly. That input could come from the market performance of three recently announced enterprise tablets, including the BlackBerry PlayBook, dubbed the “first professional tablet,” the Android-powered Cisco Cius, and the messaging-centric Avaya Desktop Video Device.

Hewlett Packard also may soon join that list, according to HP VP Todd Bradley who recently claimed HP was working on a “Microsoft product in the enterprise.”

Hortensius claims the tablet would be part of the ThinkPad lineup that already includes many business-centric laptops. The ThinkPad tablet would have to offer better performance and battery life than the current crop of consumer tablets. It would also have to focus more on content creation than content consumption. Finally, an enterprise tablet would require IT support, something Apple and the iPad generally lack.

Lenovo announced plans to launch its consumer LePad Android tablet in China this December, but has yet to announce a US release date. The company also displayed a tablet/laptop hybrid at CES in January, calling it the U1. Lenovo pushed back the U1’s US April release indefinitely to swap the tablet’s custom Linux OS with Google Android. 



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