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Lenovo Offers Touchscreen Tablet, Laptop

The computer maker's SimpleTap application allows for multi-touchscreen capability.

Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet PC
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Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet PC

Lenovo has introduced a multi-touchscreen laptop that takes advantage of the touch capabilities built into Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system.

The computer maker's SimpleTap application, which makes the new functionality possible will be available for both the ThinkPad X200 Tablet PC and the ThinkPad T400s laptop.

While older tablets have one-finger touch, the ThinkPad X200 Tablet PC makes it possible to use two fingers instead of a mouse to perform a variety of actions, including pinching, zooming, tapping, and flicking through documents, Web pages and photos, Lenovo said.

The T400's touchscreen makes it possible to use four fingers to manipulate objects, move images with two hands and even have another person touch the screen to collaborate on projects, the company said.

"We see now as the right time for multi-touchscreens on PCs," Sam Dusi, VP of ThinkPad product marketing, said in a statement. "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 operating system, the environment for making touch part of our Tablet PC and ThinkPad T400s laptop experience couldn't be better."

Pricing for the ThinkPad T400s and X200 tablet starts at $1,999 and $1,654, respectively. The SimpleTap application will be available for download after Oct. 22.

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