Lenovo today announced the IdeaPad U1 hybrid with LePad slate, a unique two-in-one device that combines the mobility of a media-rich, high-definition slate featuring access to Android applications and a keyboard base that provides a full Windows 7 computing experience. Lenovo delivers an uncompromised mobile and computing experience to consumers through great performance and a unique Hybrid Switch dual mode capability that seamlessly switches between two different operating systems. This is one hell of a concept that I think could really catch on if the pricing is right and the transition is as seamless as they say it is.
At less than two pounds and only half an inch in thickness, the LePad is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor and can get up to eight hours of battery life. LePad is available in two stylish colors – scarlet and white – and with two different textures – brown “leather” and black “leather.” The 10.1-inch widescreen, high-definition LePad slate runs in landscape and portrait modes. It also has a front camera for taking pictures or for video chat.
Built on Android 2.2., Lenovo customized the LePad slate with an optimized Android media experience for LePad’s larger screen size, starting with an attractive four-pane, easy to use interface and a distinctive Lenovo-developed push service that delivers email, news and other content in real time, eliminating the need to constantly open a browser and log in. Lenovo plans for LePad to support Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 to provide users a more complete Web browsing experience.
For users who need the full functionality of a mainstream laptop for doing content creation with Windows-based productivity applications, the LePad can slide into the U1 base. The IdeaPad U1 hybrid laptop with a full keyboard transforms the user interface on LePad into Windows 7. The base features a Windows 7 Home Premium operating system and an Intel CULV processor. With the Hybrid Switch feature, users can seamlessly change operating systems to support a continuous Web browsing experience.
The Lenovo IdeaPad U1 with LePad will be available beginning in China in the first quarter of 2011. The LePad slate can be purchased separately from the U1 base. The LePad slate starts at approximately RMB 3,499 (approximately US $520). The U1 hybrid laptop with LePad slate starts at approximately RMB 8,888 (approximately US $1,300). No word yet on if and when it will make its U.S. debut.