CES: Lenovo Announces LePad Tablet and Hybrid

CES: Lenovo Announces LePad Tablet and Hybrid

Summary: The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) has not even started in Vegas but Lenovo has already announced a unique Android tablet and keyboard base that converts into a full Windows notebook.

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The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) has not even started in Vegas but Lenovo has already announced a unique Android tablet and keyboard base that turns it into a Windows notebook. The LePad is a 10.1-inch (1280x800) touch tablet running Android 2.2 that will be offered as a standalone product, but coupled with the IdeaPad U1 base converts into a notebook with an Intel processor and Windows 7 OS.

I first saw the predecessor to this system at last year's CES, but that Linux-based slate never made it to market. The LePad sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (1.3 GHz) and has a custom interface for touch operation on its own. When the LePad is attached to the U1 base, the Intel CULV processor takes over along with Windows 7. This dual processor/ dual OS approach is unique and brings the best of both platforms and form factors to a single product. The integration is solid, as a web page being viewed on the tablet in Android will be viewed on the Windows side when it is slid into the base. A keyboard/dock is also available for the LePad separate from the U1 notebook base. The LePad tablet unit weighs in at 1.6 lbs. and the notebook unit at nearly 4 lbs.

The LePad and U1 base will go on sale in China in the first quarter of this year as separate products. the LePad alone will sell for approximately $520 and the IdeaPad U1 for $1,300, a hefty price. Lenovo is offering no word if the dynamic duo will be offered outside of China nor when that might happen. The LePad tablet will not likely come with access to the Android Market, as Lenovo is touting that applications will be available through Chinese partners.

Topics: Windows, Tablets, Software, Processors, Operating Systems, Mobility, Microsoft, Lenovo, Laptops, Hardware

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  • CES: Lenovo Announces LePad Tablet and Hybrid.. AGAIN?!?.. LOL..

    tomorrow.. Steve Ballmer shows.. Windows Slates.. AGAIN?!? ...LMMFAO.. sometime reality is stranger and more hilarious than fiction..
    doctorSpoc
    • The funny part is that people are actually making tablets

      haven't seen anything we could call a great tablet from the Android camp, lets see what the Windows camp comes up with.
      John Zern
      • RE: CES: Lenovo Announces LePad Tablet and Hybrid

        @John Zern

        This is the honest truth. Android has a lot of momentum, and the blogosphere seems to think W7 on a tablet wont work. But if you've actually used it, you know that it does work, and pretty darned well. Battery life and instant on are the two big drawbacks, but SDD and a renewed focus from Intel to refresh its Atom line will greatly reduce those problems in 2011.

        There is still a big fight to be had here.
        x I'm tc
      • RE: CES: Lenovo Announces LePad Tablet and Hybrid

        @John Zern I have used many Windows tablets, including the TEGA v2 which is the sweetest touch tablet released yet, IMHO. That said, running programs is a hit and miss proposition, with many painful to use by touch and some that won't work at all. This is the uphill battle MS faces, as I indicated in the article.
        JamesKendrick
    • RE: CES: Lenovo Announces LePad Tablet and Hybrid

      @doctorSpoc

      Yea! Don't forget Microsoft TV! all they do is copy Apple... if Jobs comes out with a Apple LCD next, guess what? Ballmer would announce one a year later...
      Hasam1991
      • RE: CES: Lenovo Announces LePad Tablet and Hybrid

        @Hasam1991

        Actually Microsoft has had many Smart TV offerings. Presently they have Mediaroom and back in the 90s they had WebTV... Who's copying who? Yeah bout that...
        audidiablo
      • RE: CES: Lenovo Announces LePad Tablet and Hybrid

        @Hasam1991 My Uverse box is all Microsoft Windows CE. They have had this deployed in millions of households for a while now.
        Schoolboy Bob
  • RE: CES: Lenovo Announces LePad Tablet and Hybrid

    I like the idea of these hybrid devices (see also the Dell Inspiron Duo). I liked using my friends iPad but the lack of physical keyboard got on my nerves in some instances, I can't really sprawl on the sofa with the iPad+keyboard dock in my lap and I don't want to own two devices.

    Think it may take a little while for the idea to be executed well though.
    OffsideInVancouver
  • RE: CES: Lenovo Announces LePad Tablet and Hybrid

    U G L Y ! and why are they using the word PAD??? is everyone going to continue to copy Apple?? that's the issue, companies need to innovate and create different products, not copy...
    Hasam1991
    • RE: CES: Lenovo Announces LePad Tablet and Hybrid

      @Hasam1991

      Also keep in mind that Apple doesn't come up with everything either. Most of their innovations have been buy outs from other companies that had the idea first. Another thing as well is Microsoft Surface came to surface in 2002 working model... That would put it about 5 years ahead of the iPhone. Not hating on Apple but at the same time facts should be accurate as well positive attitude is better than a pessimistic one.
      audidiablo
  • RE: CES: Lenovo Announces LePad Tablet and Hybrid

    Who cares who had what idea first, surely what's important is which implementation works best. Lenovo are pretty good at innovating and combining tech, so I'm keen to try this.
    dansumption