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Lenovo Explains First ThinkPad Tablet On Video, Promises New Products

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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 takingthe opportunity to dive headfirst in. We aren't sure if Lenovo has yetanother tablet planned (though the smartbook that was unveiled at CEShasn't received enough credit, in our opinion), but a new video fromthe 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 aphysical keyboard, and the goal was to use it to spring handwritingrecognition software into the mainstream. The video goes on to explainhow IBM (who coined the ThinkPad originally) came up with the name;essentially, Think was a big company mantra, and since the devicelooked a little like a pad, the ThinkPad name was born. We even learnedthat 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!
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Inspector replied on Tue, Feb 16 2010 12:43 AM

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

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Feb 16 2010 2:22 AM

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.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Feb 16 2010 11:14 AM

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.

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realneil replied on Tue, Feb 16 2010 3:23 PM

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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