Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet Brings Full-Size USB, Keyboard Case

Looks like the Eee Transformer has company.

While many tablets are slimming down (and in turn, losing valuable ports), Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet remains a bit on the bulky side in hopes of business professionals appreciating it. The Tablet is a business-oriented slate with a 10.1" panel, a Tegra 2 (1GHz) chip, and most importantly, a full-size USB port.

That's crucial because Lenovo's also introducing a $99 Keyboard Folio case, which will wrap around the device to keep it safe, but also provide a full QWERTY keyboard and an optical trackpad for moving around the OS. It features Android 3.1, access to Lenovo's App Store a 2MP front-facing camera, 1080p video output, Wi-Fi, 3G, 16/32/64GB of storage, a 5MP rear camera, Bluetooth 2.0 and a 2-cell battery that will get 8 or so hours in ideal conditions.

Obviously, the the form-factor here isn't as sexy as the iPad 2 or Galaxy Tab 10.1, but the flexibility may win over potential customers that were thinking about a buying netbook. The Tablet itself will ship for $499, with global availability promised by Q3 2011.