Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Gets a Release Date

Lenovo earlier announced its business-oriented ThinkPad Tablet, up for sale within August. But now, Lenovo has announced a definite price and launch date.

For $479.99, you can already buy the Lenovo Thinkpad by August 23. The ThinkPad tablet is designed for business use, with its enterprise-friendly features, particularly the data encryption and input methods that it offers. The Thinkpad tablet’s 10.1-inch screen outputs a crisp 1280×800 resolution on an IPS Gorilla Glass touchscreen. The tablet is powered by a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor running at 1 GHz.

What sets the Thinkpad tablet apart from other tablets to date are three features. For one, the tablet comes with an active digitizer, which will come in handy for more precise input. It also has data encryption for both internal storage and the SD card, which is ideal for business users. Lastly, the Thinkpad comes with a full-size USB port for peripherals (a feature that only a few other Android tablets share).

The 32GB model with WiFi will retail for $589, and a portfolio carrying case with built-in keyboard will be available for $99. The Lenovo Thinkpad tablet will also ship worldwide by 3rd quarter of 2011.