Tablet Market Contender: Lenovo
Lenovo in March launched its LePad tablet in its domestic Chinese market and said the device will be available to international customers starting in June. The Lenovo LePad device features a 10.1-inch screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and was unveiled at a press event that only included Chinese media.
In April, leaked Lenovo product roadmaps emerged online showing Lenovo's intentions to enter the tablet game in the U.S. However, the unfortunately-named LePad device appears to have been replaced with the more recognizable ThinkPad moniker, which currently pervades the enterprise space. Also listed as the Lenovo Think Slate, the 0.55 inch-thick, 1.6 pound device comes with a 10.1-inch IPS capacitive touch-screen display and targets mobile business users -- an end user category where Apple may be vulnerable, given its lack of support for connectivity options such as USB. In addition, Lenovo has its second-generation tablet will be both lighter and thinner compared to the first-generation LePad-- much like Apple's iPad 2 compared to its predecessor.