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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lenovo Ships Multi-Touch ThinkPad Tablet and Notebook

Lenovo is shipping the ThinkPad X200 Tablet and the ultrathin ThinkPad T400s notebook with multi-touch screens. The enterprise-targeted ThinkPads allow computing by finger gestures, and the T400s has a fingerprint sensor with LED indicators. A SimpleTap application available soon provides hardware access and customized actions.

Lenovo has begun shipping two multi-touch computing devices aimed at enterprise users. The world's fourth-largest PC maker also unveiled a new application called SimpleTap, which promises to bring simplicity to the touchscreens.
Leading the charge is Lenovo's ThinkPad X200 Tablet with Intel's 1.4-GHz Core 2 Duo processor and graphics media accelerator which targets people in sales, health care and education, said Lenovo Vice President David Hill.

"Tablet users can now use two finger touches to perform a variety of gestures, including pinching, zooming and tapping," Hill said. "You can also flick through documents, photos and Web pages with the touch of a finger."

Changing the Way We Work

Users of Lenovo's ultrathin ThinkPad T400s notebook -- which is aimed at professionals performing engineering and design tasks -- can now employ up to four fingers to manipulate objects, move images with two hands, and even have another person touch the screen to collaborate simultaneously, Hill said. "These demanding users can now manipulate four fingers on the T400s screen not only to replace traditional cursor movements, but to change the way they work," Hill added.

The T400s also sports a fingerprint sensor with LED indicators that allows users to view the state of their systems at a glance. "Corporate users, including our employees, have found this to be a convenient feature, since they can verify their PC is locked when they leave their desk," Lenovo said.

Lenovo said the advanced capacitive technology built into its multi-touch displays makes them sensitive and responsive to even the slightest touch of a finger. Moreover, the company says it has optimized the firmware to help compensate for the slightly imprecise taps on the screen that can occur when users close a window or navigate the start menu.

"With touchscreens increasingly becoming part of more devices we use routinely and continued improvement of the technology, including the integration of touch in the upcoming Windows 7 OS, the environment for making touch part of our Tablet PC and ThinkPad T400s laptop experience couldn't be better," said Lenovo Vice President Sam Dusi.

By Mark Long

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