Lenovo Explains First ThinkPad Tablet On Video, Promises New Products

You have to hand it to 'em--Lenovo knows how to market their products. With the tablet/slate PC revolution upon us, many companies are taking the opportunity to dive headfirst in. We aren't sure if Lenovo has yet another tablet planned (though the smartbook that was unveiled at CES hasn't received enough credit, in our opinion), but a new video from the company showcases a Lenovo tablet that's already on the market. Well, was on the market.

Did you know that the original ThinkPad was a tablet/slate PC? Amazingly, it was! The ThinkPad 700T was a flat device without a physical keyboard, and the goal was to use it to spring handwriting recognition software into the mainstream. The video goes on to explain how IBM (who coined the ThinkPad originally) came up with the name; essentially, Think was a big company mantra, and since the device looked a little like a pad, the ThinkPad name was born. We even learned that the original ThinkPad had a magnesium casing, and that "tough" build quality has remained all the way through the ThinkPad's lineage.

The best part of all of this is that Lenovo is using the video to promise us that some exciting new products in the near future. Hmm...maybe a tablet? Just a wild, wild guess!
Via:  Lenovo
Inspector 4 years ago

interesting how a note pad could inspire this. wonder what if the notebook inspired laptops :D also what inspired the notebook? :D lol

rapid1 4 years ago

Oh yeah the Think pad started here and they still are used and current products to this day. As for the notebook and notebook consideration I would imagine that's probably a yes as well. The Norton I think was originally to be a device to compete both against this and the Palm initially.

rapid1 4 years ago

Hmm well a notebook was for carrying more than a few sheets of paper and keeping them organized while mobile. This was inspired by modern paper, which was inspired by, script paper made from various forms of compressed combination's of vegetation such as wood or reeds which was then dried. This was inspired by stone tablets I guess.

realneil 4 years ago

I have owned two Think Pad laptops over time and both of them were fine computers in their day. They were expensive when they were brand new, but worked for years and years. I got my money's worth out of both of them.

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