Lenovo Converts IBM Deal To Tablet Form

    June 7, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

The ThinkPad X41 Tablet represents another attempt to gain market share for a write-screen device.

The ThinkPad X41 brings some impressive features to the market. But is the market buying?

While the broader consumer market hasn’t taken to tablet computing yet, users in vertical markets like healthcare and insurance have been fans of the design.

This latest device from Chinese maker Lenovo, which recently acquired IBM’s personal computer business, comes as a thin design with a rotating screen, allowing the user to either do screen input or use the full-size keyboard.

The Digitizer Pen doesn’t require batteries, a difference from pen peripherals from other makers. Inside, the tablet runs Microsoft Windows XP Tablet edition, and has a fingerprint scanner for securing the device when not in use. An Intel Pentium M processor runs the system.

Other features include the 12.1 inch screen, wireless connectivity with Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g and Bluetooth, and battery options that can provide up to 8.5 hours of power. Clumsier users will like the Advanced Protection System, which stops the hard drive if a motion sensor onboard the tablet detects a fall.

Lenovo bills the X41 as the smallest and lightest 12 inch tablet on the market, weighing as little as 3.5 pounds.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.