Lenovo Windows Tablet the Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet P1 has disapeared before it arrived

When the Lenovo Windows Tablet the IdeaPad Tablet P1 was announced in mid-July 2011, together with the two other tablets also being released by Lenovo, the P1 stood out because it was supposed to run on Windows 7 instead of being an Android OS powered tablet.

 

The Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet P1 was slated for release in the fourth quarter of the same year, with some interesting features being offered.

By the end of August 2011 all the references to the Lenovo Windows Tablet P1, including the already published press release, were eradicated from Lenovo websites.

Currently there is no information available in regards to what will happen to the Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet P1 release, which additionally stimulates the rumor mill. The already crowded tablet market has encountered a severe blow when HP announced that it is selling off the tablet division.

Several other providers, for instance Dell as well as HP, have already released tablet and laptop PC hybrids at very competitive prices featuring Windows 7.

The rumors that buried the tablet

First of all, Microsoft Windows 8, which is supposed to become the uber-OS, transcending platforms and offering wide compatibility facilities, has been carefully announced. Microsoft eyes to enter the tablet market itself by 2012 with the new OS and an in-house built tablet device. Producing a Windows 7 capable device for the end of 2011 with an expected shelf life of less than a year and loaded with features that have proven in the past not to work out for the customer may have been the reasons for backpedalling with the Lenovo Windows Tablet the IdeaPad Tablet P1. Pushing two other tablets at the same time adds additional strain. Microsoft tablet PCs are on the market since 2002, all featuring some kind of Windows based OS and almost nobody knew there is such a thing. If not for the Apple iPad, such devices would have remained obscure gadgets handled as props in Science Fiction movies such as Star Trek. Incredibly enough, people still do not care for Windows based tablets, despite the apparent tablet craze that has conquered the whole technology hungry world. 

Features that were announced

The original idea was to provide with the Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet P1 a tablet that looked and felt like any other, but with Windows 7. The 10.1 inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 featuring multitouch, but also digitizer pen capabilities on Corning® Gorilla® Glass screens and capability to display full HD video were considered, just like DirectX 10.1 support as well as hardware acceleration for MPEG-2. Full 2 GB of DDR2-800 RAM memory, paired with the Intel Atom Z760 1.5 GHz processor and the built-in Intel GMA-600 display engine looked just fine. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, optional 3G, microSD and USB 2.0 were there, but also storage of up to 64 GB on a Solid State Drive. As expected, the battery life was lower than with comparable devices, full six hours was the best the two cell battery could muster. 

Competition – Windows 7 tablets on the market

The already available HP Slate 500 Tablet PC has pretty much similar features, a slightly more powerful processor, but otherwise quite similar performances and specifications. There is also the ASUS Eee Slate, the Acer ICONIA Tab, the Exopc Slate but also the Dell Inspiron Duo, which is a convertible tablet where you get a laptop and a Windows 7 tablet device for the price of one. The Dell Inspiron Duo, for instance, has the keyboard included right there, costs the same, has a 320 GB large hard disk, a Dual Core Intel N550, onboard USB 2.0 and is available right now. It is not quite clear why would someone wait for another quarter to purchase a clearly inferior device with less features and a less powerful processor. It seems like Lenovo did not really think this one through, which might also be the reason why the Lenovo Windows Tablet the IdeaPad Tablet P1 is suddenly unavailable. 

Conclusion

It may be a good idea on paper to produce a Windows 7 tablet, such as the Lenovo Windows Tablet the IdeaPad Tablet P1. The trend does lead away from Netbook computers and towards tablets. Why not have the popular Windows 7 environment on a popular device? Unfortunately customers beg to differ and would rather choose the Apple iPad or any of the Android devices, such as the Motorola Tablet PC Xoom, the Asus Tablet PC the Eee Pad Transformer, or even the Lenovo IdeaPad K1. People want to have a tablet that is more of a toy than a computer, a toy for grown-ups, not another Windows device. Somehow Microsoft seems to be incapable of accepting the user preference and persists with unpopular Windows phones, Windows tablets and pushing another new Windows operating system just mere years after the last one was truly accepted by everybody – it has never worked out. Microsoft and Windows is not associated with fun and leisure, it would have been a much better idea to offer an X-Box tablet. The Lenovo Windows Tablet the IdeaPad Tablet P1 together with the Lenovo Android Tablet the IdeaPad K1 and the ThinkPad tablet, and while the other two are already being touted as good additions to the competitive market niche, the P1 went instantly into oblivion, forgotten even by the manufacturer Lenovo itself.