Lenovo, one of the few remaining major tech manufacturers that has yet to enter the consumer tablet game in the United States, has announced its tablet plans, which span across two operating systems and extend through the end of 2011.
President and CEO of the company, Rory Read, presented the roadmap in a recent interview, and said Lenovo “is making sure [our tablets] are strong. We only have one opportunity to make that first good impression.”
First on the docket for Lenovo are two 10-inch Android Honeycomb slates. One will be tailored toward consumers, and can supposedly be expected this July. The other will be business oriented with an anticipated ship date sometime in August. Read listed their price as anywhere in the neighborhood of $450 to $900, depending on configuration and other factors.
Read also mentioned the potential names for these devices: The consumer-grade Honeycomb tablet will likely be dubbed the “IdeaPad”, and the enterprise version will be a ThinkPad of some variety.
Read also provided vague details on a Windows 7 device from Lenovo later in the year, but did not provide a more specific timeline, price range, or other information.
Not Lenovo’s First Dance
While the slates above will be Lenovo’s first real mainstream push, they are actually not its first tests of the water. The Lenovo LePad was supposed to arrive this month, but still has not become available to consumers outside of China.
Lenovo has actually already released a business-oriented convertible in the Lenovo ThinkPad X220. While convertibles are significantly different from their slate counterparts, we thought Lenovo got the X220 right, giving it 4.5/5 stars in our review, and considering it the best convertible we’ve tested to date.
Hopefully Lenovo’s slates can fare as well and be equally impressive upon their release.