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Lenovo launched a trio of new tablets. Two of the devices, the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad, will run Android Honeycomb 3.1, while the IdeaPad P1 will run Windows 7. The three 10.1-inch devices are unique in that they are the first Android tablets certified to stream Netflix videos. The two Android tablets are available, while the P1 won't be available until the Fall.

The K1 and ThinkPad have two very distinctive designs, despite sharing some specs, including Android 3.1, 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 and 1GB of memory. The K1, which has a starting price of $499, is aimed at consumers and emphasizes entertainment and social networking. The ThinkPad, which has a starting price of $499, focuses on the enterprise and comes pre-loaded with business-oriented apps, includes data encryption and supports integrated cloud sharing and storage.

The Windows 7-powered P1, which will be available in the fourth quarter of this year, will also target business users, but will focus more on the SMB market, says InformationWeek. The tablet will include a 1.5GHz processor and support for up to 2GB of DDR2 memory and will have an optional stylus.

It is the iPad’s world and other tablets are just living in it. That, of course, has not stopped device makers from introducing a slew of new offerings as the role of tablets in the enterprise continues to evolve.  The saving grace of some client hardware vendors trying to keep up with the iPad, or avoid it altogether, may be the emergence of business-class tablets.  In an update to our most recent coverage of tablet offerings, we’ve highlighted seven new tablets, some of which are looking to compete with the iPad through differentiation and some of which are seeking to carve specific niches in particular sectors of the enterprise.

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