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Lenovo of China introduces two new tablet computers. With tablet usage skyrocketing in Asia and variety increasing, competition bound to heat up.

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Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo announces not one, but two new tablets targetting different markets by Sasiwimon Boonruang


Better late than never, but Lenovo thinks it's now the right time to enter the tablet battlefield. The company's entry in to the field covers two Android-powered tablets, the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad, which will work together with the new Lenovo App Shop.

The 10-inch IdeaPad comes with full support for Flash content with over 50 preloaded apps and the Lenovo Cloud storage solution. 

...we provide tablets that cater to different consumers - the IdeaPad K1 for those who are looking for connection on-the-go and ThinkPad tablet for business professionals," said Ronnie Lee of Lenovo S

...Lenovo has been the world's fastest growing PC company for nine consecutive quarters.

In addition to the thousands of apps available at the Android Market, Lenovo tablet users will have access to the Lenovo App Shop ... which features popular applications that have been tested specifically for Lenovo IdeaPad and ThinkPad tablets. There are already more than 200 Lenovo-exclusive apps.

The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 tablet, 13.3mm thin and weighing 0.74 kg, is designed for consumers seeking a mobile entertainment device for staying connected to family and friends, accessing social media networks and enjoying music, movies, Android apps and the web on-the-go.

The ThinkPad tablet allows users to jot down notes with the optional pen and they will be automatically converted to handwritten text. When even more versatility is required, users can plug in the keyboard Folio for fast, comfortable and accurate typing and mouse control.

The IdeaPad features a HD display, dual cameras and integrated Bluetooth and 802.11 wi-fi connectivity...

...Lenovo Thailand will announce both tablets tomorrow, with one of them going on sale. The IdeaPad K1, wi-fi version will be priced at 16,900 baht including VAT. The ThinkPad tablet will not immediately be available here. 

According to IDE, tablets will experience a 5-year compound average growth rate of 54% in Asia/Pacific, excluding the Japan region, multiplying about 10 times to 21 million units from 2 million units shipped in 2010.

IDE expects more consumers will adopt media tablets to fill their gaming, web-browsing and social networking needs on the go. Some of this demand may be driven by the education sector, such as the Thai government's recently announced plan to distribute 800,000 Android tablets to primary school students.

This latest announcement has not yet been factored into IDE's forecast, and there are certainly opportunities out there to keep driving media tablet growth.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo announces not one, but two new tablets targetting different markets, 30/08/2011, Sasiwimon Boonruang, link

Tablet Vocabulary

gadget -
a small computer or technological device or object that can perform some task (examples: a GPS device that shows you where your car is on the map) (See Wikipedia)
device - a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job เครื่องจักร อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ

tablet computer - a flat computer that looks like a book and is easy to carry and hold (See Wikipedia)

IdeaPad K1
- a tablet computer targeted at casual users (See #1)

ThinkPad -
a tablet computer with a detachable keyboard and handwriting recognition targeted at business users (See #1 and #2)

better
late than never - meaning: it is late (not good), but it happened (good)

battle -
during a war, an event during which fighting takes place
battlefield - the place where the fighting between two sides in a "battle" happens
tablet battlefield - competition between companies in the market for "tablet computers" (might also call it a "tablet war") 
enter the tablet battlefield - enter the tablet computer market

Android-powered tablets -
a tablet computer using the Android operating system (OS)

Operating System (OS) - on a computer the software system that connects computer programs and software to the hardware (See Wikipedia)
Android operating system - Google's platform for mobile phone and tablet software based on Linux and providing data storage, text messaging, a web browser, and video-audio-image support, as well as several other features (See Wikipedia)

Android 3.0 Honeycomb -
a version of the Android operating system to be released in the future (See Wikipedia)

app -
Same as "application" or "computer application" 
application - a computer program that helps a used do some useful task, the popularity of the word has increased recently with the widespread use of mobile devices such as the iPhone, IPad and Android devices (See Wikipedia)

app shop -
a store on the web that sells "apps" that work on a certain OS: iPhone, iPad, Android, Lenovo, etc 
Lenovo App Shop - the app shop where Lenovo will sell apps specially made for its tablets

support - help, by giving money, for example สนับสนุน

Flash - "a multimedia platform used to add animation, video, and interactivity to web pages. Flash is frequently used for advertisements, games and flash animations for broadcast. More recently, it has been positioned as a tool for "Rich Internet Applications" ("RIAs"). Flash manipulates vector and raster graphics to provide animation of text, drawings, and still images. It supports bidirectional streaming of audio and video, and it can capture user input via mouse, keyboard, microphone, and camera" (See Wikipedia)

content
- information of interest to people; the stories and pictures inside a newspaper, website or other form of media เนื้อหา สาระ
full support for Flash content - meaning: Flash works on Lenovo tablets (Flash does not work on the popular iPad)
storage - the putting and keeping of things in a special place for use in the future การเก็บ

provide - to give someone something that they want or need
cater to Y - selling a product or service that meets the needs of customer group Y
consumers - people who buy goods and services (individuals and families)

quarter -
three months of the year (first quarter - January, February, March; second quarter - April, May, June; .... etc)
consecutive - without stopping, happening one after another, following one after another in order and with nothing else in between ที่ต่อเนื่องตามลำดับ
nine consecutive quarters = 9 quarters without stop; 27 months without stop (9 X 3 months per quarter)  

Android Market - the app store for apps that work on Android devices (tablets, mobile phones) (See Wikipedia)

access to the Lenovo App Shop
applications that have been tested specifically for Lenovo IdeaPad - apps that 1. work perfectly on the Lenovo hardware, and 2. use all the features of the Lenovo hardware
Lenovo-exclusive apps - apps that only run on Lenovo tablets

access - the right or opportunity to have or use something ได้รับสิทธิ์หรือโอกาสในการใช้
specifically - in an exact and detailed way
exclusive - limited to only one person or group of people แต่ผู้เดียว

mobile -
can use it when you are moving around, going different places (example: i can bring my mobile phone anywhere, since he lived out of his suitcase, he was very mobile)
on-the-go - moving around all the time (almost the same as "mobile")

mobile entertainment device -
a device you can bring anywhere and entertain yourself (and perhaps others) with, watching movies, videos, listening to music, reading books, etc ...

staying connected
- 1. staying connected to people (family, friends, business associates); 2. staying connected to the internet (as an information source)

social media networks -
websites such as Facebook, Twitter or online dating sites where people interact with each other and "socialize" with each other
socialize - meeting other people in your free time outside of work, meeting friends and acquaintances
accessing social media networks - entering social networks to "socialize"

media
- public ways of communicating news and information: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group สื่อ

notes - a short sentence, phrase or some words, you write down to help you remember about something (for example, a university lecture that you are listening to)

jot down notes
- write notes quickly (while you listen to someone talk, for example)
optional pen - a pen that you can choose or notchoose (depending on what you like; not required)

converted
- changed form one form to another เปลี่ยนระบบ; เปลี่ยน โอนจากที่หนึ่งไปยังอีกที่หนึ่ง
automatically converted to handwritten text - Same as "handwriting recognition"
handwriting recognition -
a computer "app" that allows you to write on the screen and it turns the writing into a typed computer document (See Wikipedia)

versatile (adjective) -
having many different skills
versatility (noun) -
a person's ability to many different things well (has many different skills)  

plug in -
put one device into another device, insert

accurate -
copying correctly or exactly (what was written or typed)
optional - can choose, but not necessary; available or possible if you want it, but you do not have to have it or do it ตัวเลือก ทางเลือก ที่เลือกได้

accurate - correct, exact and without any mistakes ถูกต้อง, แม่นยำ

HD display -
the computer monitors or screen with very detailed and clear images, high resolution "1920x1080 Progressive", for example (See article and Wikipedia)

dual
cameras
- two cameras
integrated - combining things of different types in one effective system ที่รวมเข้าด้วยกัน

immediately - happening right after something else with no delay; right away ทันที

rate - the level or speed at which something happens or changes, or the amount or number of times it happens or changes in a particular period อัตรา
growth rate - the speed at which something is growing (example: the growth rate of the economy, typicall around 4% to 6%)
compound - increase this year added to the amount that next years increase will be calculated from ที่เพิ่มพูน
compound average growth rate - the growth rate with previous years increase added in

adopt - to accept or to start using something new นำมาใช้
gaming - playing computer games
demand - the need and desire to buy goods and services by households and businesses

sector
- a part of the economy ภาคเศรษฐกิจของประเทศ (public sector = government, private sector = all businesses, household sector = families and consumers, banking sector,...) (See Wikipedia)
education sector -
all the schools (both public government schools and privately owned schools)

distribute
- to give something to a group of people แจกจ่าย
primary school - the first level of school that children go to, starting at around age 6

forecast - a statement about what will happen in the future based on information available now พยากรณ์
announcement - information given to public ประกาศ
factored into - included in
announcement factored into forecast -
the announcement may mean a greater supply of tablets (perhaps prices will decrease faster)

opportunities
- 1. situations in which it is possible to do what you want or need to do; 2. benefits or profit that it is possible to get

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