Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Goes On Sale, Banks on Productivity

The ThinkPad Tablet from Lenovo is finally up for sale on the Lenovo site. This Android tablet includes a collection of features you won’t find on every Android tablet like Netflix, handwriting recognition and a Thinkpad keyboard folio — to name a few.

The ThinkPad Tablet is a 10.1″ device that runs Android 3.1 and includes Dataviz Documents to Go so that you can be productive right out of the box. There are also other apps like Computrace Mobile by Absolute Software which allows the company to locate or wipe the device if it is lost or stolen.

We took a look at the ThinkPad Tablet last month, and have a closer look at the Android tablet in a video below.

The big sell for this tablet is the productivity which Lenovo hopes you’ll gain from the ThinkPad Keyboard folio, handwriting recognition and the Lenovo App Shop, which has a collection of apps that have been tested to work with the ThinkPad Tablet.

ThinkPad Android Tablet with Pen

ThinkPad Android Tablet with Pen

Normally, I’d be concerned for another $499 Android Tablet that has to compete with the iPad, but I think Lenovo has a chance at succeeding in the business market where corporate buyers are already comfortable with Lenovo products and Lenovo support. The focus on productivity will also help, but I’m guessing Lenovo will need to ship a few of these out to companies to get them to bite, and to get employees to adopt them — especially if they already have a personal iPad in use.

The ThinkPad Tablet retails for $499, or for $529 with the digitizer pen that allows you to use the handwriting recognition software. Businesses will appreciate the ability to purchase extended warranty options and priority support from Lenovo. The ThinkPad keyboard folio case retails for $99. You can purchase the ThinkPad Tablet and accessories starting today.