Lenovo confirms IdeaPad A10 Android laptop after leaking manual online

Lenovo confirms IdeaPad A10 Android laptop after leaking manual online

Summary: The new 10.1-inch notebook will join a slowly growing number of PCs that use Android as their operating system.


The pesky online leak has struck the tech world again. This time, Lenovo has been caught making a boo-boo that has forced the company to confirm a forthcoming laptop that will run Android before it was ready to announce it.

The oopsy started when the user guide and manual for something called the IdeaPad A10 surfaced on Lenovo's website. And, as almost always seems to happen, someone spotted the documentation and the next thing Lenovo knew, it was telling PC World (and our sister site CNET) that the posted documents were legit and that it had been hoping to do a formal launch of the notebook in the near future.

What makes the IdeaPad A10 notable beyond its unusual unveiling is that it is a laptop that is powered by the Android OS, which is a far rarer occurrence than some (including ZDNet's own Matt Baxter-Reynolds) had previously thought. There have been a couple of notebooks that are hybrid Android/Windows devices (like the Samsung Ativ Q and the forthcoming Asus Transformer Book Trio), and HP is readying an all-in-one desktop (the Slate 21) that uses Android as well.

According to the hardware manual, the A10's specs suggest it will be a budget system. It's using a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor from Rockchip with either 1GB or 2GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of storage. It is built around a 10.1-inch touchscreen that can rotate 300 degrees, allowing you to turn the display away from the keyboard for video viewing. The A10 will run a version Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Unfortunately, Lenovo's spokesperson declined to provide pricing and availability dates for the IdeaPad A10, but who knows -- maybe that will leak before the company is ready to disclose it officially, too.

Topics: Laptops, Android, Lenovo, Mobility

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  • Re: Lenovo confirms IdeaPad A10 Android laptop....

    Android is excellent on Tablets but is it suitable for the Desktop platform. The cost has not been mentioned however as with ChromeOS it is unreasonable to expect to pay for working with what is a effectively a free operating system. Let us hope this is reflected in the price as the Lenovo Chromebooks are expensive with the free OS factor taken in to consideration.
    • The operating system plays little into cost

      as the OEM's pay so little per license when purchasing in the volumes they do.
      John Zern
      • Weird - because I heard that OEMs' margins are "razor thin"

        If my margins were razor thin, I wouldn't want to pay a single penny more than I had to.
        • Cost of making failures

          Those vendor razor thin margins include the cost of all the failures they make like netbooks that don't sell, last years unimaginative PC models, Web OS tablets, tablet failure after tablet failure, Linux PCs, other junk, etc. who knows how many things they try that don't even make it to market. Their bone yards must be very interesting.
      • Re: The operating system plays little into cost....

        Incorrect much of the cost to the consumer is the license to run Windows. The Hardware is less of a percentage of the cost than one might think. That is where Chromebooks fall down in that it is free operating system therefore it should be reflected in the price.
        • Cost?

          So you figure it cost them $119 std or $199 for pro?
        • Yeah right!

          Oems pay like $26 a license and they even make money off that by selling it to you with components.
      • Eye Roll

        There's a simple calculation to make: take the revenues for Windows in a quarter and divide by the number of pcs sold in the same time period.

        You will quickly realize it is not essentially zero.

        Besides the comparable pricing is for a Windows RT. license and I think Microsoft priced those high-ish to protect their Suface RT product.
    • @ 5735guy

      I will offer you my biased but factual view:

      Android is the new junk PC and tablet and phone OS. Avoid it.

      Windows client OS between 2000 and 2005 was bad with malware and viruses. Android has just recreated that malware market and Trojan/worm market. No one is happier right now than the people up in Eastern Europe and China being ready to rip off your wallet's credit card # and other information.

      All this while Windows Vista, 7 and 8 tremendously improved on their architecture and design decisions with security in mind. Even Windows Phone OS is more secure than Android.

      If you really want a tablet, first choice should be iPad. Then Surface. Lastly the only good Android is Amazon Android - the one that American media completely ignores. Amazon Appstore is easy to use and has great apps and beats expectations all while being cheap and affordable for the masses with no security issues.

      Apple's products are well integrated. Microsoft's hardware products are well tested and designed and integrated. Amazon's services are excellent for media consumption. What does Samsung or Google have? Junk. Viruses. Worms. Malware. POS.
      • Do you have any evidence of android mass problem?

        Or just very biased secure companies reports?
        All mobile OSes are secure, I doubt anyone can tell with basis on facts, that one is more secure than another.
        But even with some secure problems, history showed that people can live quite happy with them, it seems that all virus, Chinese hackers, ... are less of a problem than... NSA.
  • Most consumers will find these devices useless

    Microsoft should make Win RT free / Windows Phone free for OEMS. Android is weak platform and a security nightmare, While Win RT/ WP is malware free. Will be great for consumers.
    • Microsoft can't do that...

      They would go broke. Not to mention lawsuits flying around, anti-trust issues,...

      Android has always been free. Windows has always been overpriced.
    • Er, Explain

      Why is Android a weak platform?
      Devices can be as secure as the user wishes it to be. If you are incapable of looking after your own devices, and need someone to do it for you, may I suggest moving to Apple products.....
      • how can a user fix core flaws in the operating system

        Even Google can't push updates out to Android devices, so how exactly is a user going to make their Android device secure? Just take the key signature flaw in the core of Android and how almost no existing systems will ever see an update to fix that.

        Certainly there are best practices to be followed by a user, but that is the most basic level of protection and it doesn't make a system secure. It just minimizes risks.

        Almost any security flaw found in Android is going to exist unfixed on a users system until Google can find a way to properly push out updates to all of Android.
  • Too much innovation

    The PC makers are coming out with so much innovative, inexpensive new stuff that it's hard to keep up. Where to put those precious Santa dollars now?
    • The Santa dollars

      can go elsewhere. Maybe to compensate for corporate tax cuts and corporate welfare...

      You do know "Santa" is an anagram of what he truly represents, yes?
      • Only in English.

        It isn't in any other language.
  • Android laptop = interesting

    Looks like a BYOD target market was in mind with this device. This fits with Googles recent announcements about Android being enterprise ready.
    • BYOD Not

      I don't think you will be keeping your job long if you try to BYOD that doesn't work with enterprise apps. This would not be a phone that just syncs mail and maybe hits a couple light web apps. BYOD doesn't mean Bring Any Ole Crap.
      • Give it up!

        You Windows guys keep saying the same thing over and over and nobody's buying it anymore. Go back to your shrinking WinWorld and (as you say) get some work done.