Lenovo LePad tablet will launch worldwide this summer

Lenovo LePad tablet will launch worldwide this summer

Summary: Hey, remember the Lenovo LePad tablet that was first unveiled all the way back in January 2010? Now it might actually start shipping!

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Hey, remember the Lenovo LePad tablet that was first unveiled all the way back in January 2010? Now it might actually start shipping!

Well, later this year anyway. PCWorld reports that the LePad will first launch in China this March, followed by a worldwide release in June. Pricing is expected to be between $399 and $449.

Last summer, the Android 2.2-based LePad was expected to start shipping by the end of 2010, and even in September signs pointed towards a December debut.

No reason has been given as to why the 10.1-inch slate was delayed, but one has to wonder if it is too late for the LePad to even make a dent in the tablet market. With the Honeycomb-powered Motorola Xoom, the LG G-Slate, the HTC Flyer and the HP TouchPad set for spring and summer releases, where would the LePad even fit in?

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  • RE: Lenovo LePad tablet will launch worldwide this summer

    Unfortunately it will need to launch with a newer version of Android if it is coming that late to the party.<br>2.2? <br><br>Chuckle <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/happy.gif" alt="happy">
    rhonin
    • RE: Lenovo LePad tablet will launch worldwide this summer

      @zenwalker Tell that to HTC, too, whose tablet is also not running Honeycomb at launch, and is covering it up with its own Sense skin that it has for its phones. (Why? This is a tablet, not a giant phone...)

      There's nothing wrong with running Froyo (or Gingerbread) on a tablet, if you price these tablets as "second-tier" to the likes of Xoom (say, $100 less), AND give users an easy way to upgrade to Honeycomb or better down the road. I don't know if Lenovo can price it that low, though, if it is specc'ing this product similarly to the Xoom or the upcoming iPad 2.
      Tech watcher
      • RE: Lenovo LePad tablet will launch worldwide this summer

        @Tech watcher - article says pricing is $399 and $449, so ... > $100 less. Unless the article is wrong, which would of course be shocking.
        daboochmeister
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