Two very different tablet devices are making their ways into the market, with news that Lenovo’s business-minded convertible X220t and Dell’s scaled back and scaled down Wi-Fi-only Streak 7 have begun shipping.
Lenovo’s Newest Tablet-Top
The Lenovo ThinkPad X220t is part tablet, part laptop, and such multi-functionality comes at a price. The X220t is currently available in Lenovo’s online store starting at $1,400. Convertible tablets feature a nice mix of touchscreen and drawing capabilities, coupled with the workhorse content creation power of a laptop. However they still sit high-up on the price bracket.
The X220t will run Windows 7, and feature a 12.5-inch HD screen with 1366 x 768 resolution.
TabletPCReview currently has an X220t in-house, and will be posting a review soon. Our sister site NotebookReview had a chance to spend some time with the X220t’s laptop-only counterpart, the Lenovo ThinkPad X220. They said in their full ThinkPad X220 review that it “is quite simply the best 12-inch business notebook we’ve reviewed so far.” After some time with the X220t, we’ll see if this business tablet can leave us as impressed.
Can Good Things Come in Small, Wi-Fi-Only Packages?
Dell is following up its Streak 7, the first 4G tablet ever available, with a Wi-Fi-only configuration. The Wi-Fi Dell Streak 7 has had a page on Amazon.com for quite some time, but recently it changed from being a pre-order listing to featuring the tablet as “In Stock” and now shipping.
The original 4G Dell Streak 7 met with a lukewarm reception, however, the new Wi-Fi Streak 7 will maintain almost all of its predecessors specs. Similar to the older model, the Streak 7 will feature Android 2.2 (Froyo), and the only real difference to speak of between the two is the lack of a 4G connection in the Wi-Fi Streak.
Dell has not officially announced shipment of the Streak 7 Wi-Fi, but Amazon definitely appears ready to sell and ship it to anyone with $380.