Lenovo launches IdeaPad K1 Android tablet

Another day, another Android tablet on the block. The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 will US shelves this month, with a UK launch almost certain to follow, possibly on the same day.

It's a large tablet, with a 10.1-inch screen with 1280x800 resolution, powered by a 1GHz Tegra 2 chipset and running the Android 3.1 Honeycomb operating system, putting it in direct competition with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It will be available with 16GB or 32GB of storage, as well as in 3G and Wi-Fi variants.

The tablet comes with its own selling points too, including the Lenovo App Shop, which rates and tests the apps before offering them to users (which could be a plus or minus), Social Touch, which draws together your email, calendars and social networks in one window and around 50 pre-loaded applications. Yes, that's right, 50. Which means some could be a bit rubbish or at the very least, not to your taste. Saves downloading though. Interestingly, there's a custom version of Netflix too. With the movie rental site said to be heading to the UK, Lenovo could have a big selling point here if tablet and service land at the same time.

It ships in America on 28 July and interestingly, Engadget claims it will ship in 'most of the world' around that date too, so the UK shouldn't be far behind. $449 is the US price for the 16GB model, working out at around £278 at the current rate. If only it would sell at that price over here...Lenovo could have a big hit on its hands.

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