Lenovo 'LePad' combines tablet and laptop

January 5, 2011
The newly unveiled Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid device, which serves as a laptop for work tasks then converts to a touch-screen tablet for play time. The device combines "LePad", a 10-inch Android-powered tablet, with a Windows-powered base station. The company says it will enable users to balance life and work

Chinese computer colossus Lenovo has unveiled an IdeaPad computer that serves as a laptop for work tasks then converts to a touch-screen tablet for play time.

The IdeaPad U1 hybrid, with a "LePad" slate that serves as a laptop screen but unplugs to become a , made its debut on the cusp of the Thursday opening of the in Las Vegas.

"It is one device to balance life and work," product manager Leo Li told AFP.

"A keyboard is more important and Windows software more powerful for a lot of things you need to work, especially productivity and creating content," he continued. "At the same time, people want to enjoy music, see videos, go to websites, read e-books, and play games in their personal lives."

The LePad tablet is powered by Android software backed by California Internet giant and a Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm.

Once plugged into the keyboard base, the computer switches to Windows 7 by Microsoft and a beefier processor.

Lenovo is targeting consumers who embrace today's mobile lifestyle.

"Use the light-weight slate when you're mobile, and then simply slide it into the U1 base when you need to create and edit content," Lenovo Idea Product Group vice president Liu Jun said.

LePad has a 10.1-inch (26 centimeter) color screen, weighs less than two pounds (one kilogram) and connects to the Internet using 3G telecom service.

It has a front-facing camera for video chat and promises as many as eight hours of battery life.

IdeaPad U1 with LePad will be available in China by the end of March but won't be available in the United States until next-generation Android mobile software is available for use in the tablets.

IdeaPad U1 with LePad will be priced at 8,888 Chinese yuan (1,340 dollars) and the tablet will be sold separately for 3,499 Chinese yuan (528 dollars).

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Blakut
not rated yet Jan 05, 2011
LePad? Oh, i am le tired of all these pads, people need real computers. Why do i think this product would be a hit in France? :D
JimB135
not rated yet Jan 05, 2011
LePad? Oh, i am le tired of all these pads, people need real computers. Why do i think this product would be a hit in France? :D

Because the LePad is related to PePe LePew.
Gary7
not rated yet Jan 05, 2011
It seems a bit expensive compared to other devices.
TehDog
not rated yet Jan 05, 2011
It seems a bit expensive compared to other devices.

It's essentially two seperate devices and operating systems. I'd want to see some more specs on this. Personally, I can't see it taking off, unless the Intel/W7 part can be used without the tablet plugged in. If you can plug in an external monitor that would make it more viable imo.

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