Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Tablet Amazon pre-order starts today; Priced as $500

Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Tablet Amazon pre-order starts today; Priced as $500

July is the month the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 launches. It’s been scheduled for roughly June or July as far back as I remember this year, has been getting it on as the LePad in China, recently confirmed in an affiliate newsletter mentioning “late June / July”  and spotted with a price tag at Office Depot. The IdeaPad K1 tablet from Lenovo is currently up for pre-order on Amazon in both white and black versions. There are two models coming, one with 16GB of built-in storage and one with 32GB, but only the former is listed by Amazon, priced at $499.99.

What we do get is confirmation of US specs, which are broadly in line with previously leaked listings: NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2 1GHz processor, a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 300 nit capacitive touchscreen supporting 10-point multitouch, and all in a 10.4 x 7.4 x 0.52 inch chassis weighing 1.65 pounds.

The IdeaPad K1 will also feature a multi-function connection, micro HDMI out, a miscroSD card slot as well as a SIM card slot. There is no mention of the amount of internal storage in the Amazon listing but it is believed that the IdeaPad will come with 32GB of flash storage. There is also said to be front and rear cameras included. The device is expected to ship with Android Honeycomb pre-loaded but whether it’s 3.0 or 3.1 is unclear at the moment. What is clear though is that Lenovo will have tweaked Honeycomb significantly with it’s own custom interface. The IdeaPad K1 will measure 264 x 187 x 12.7mm and will weigh in at very hefty 725g.

Lenovo also makes mention of the IdeaPad K1’s “Hardware Digital Rights Management” system, which seems to be used for taking movie and music content on the go, while there’s also the company’s own “Social Touch” UI for easier Facebook and Twitter interaction on top of Android Honeycomb.

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