Lenovo’s LePad Android Tablet comes with U1 base to become the Idea Pad U1 Hybrid, a Laptop & a Tablet Combined
The hybrid is a two-in-one device that combines all the functions and the media rich capabilities in an Android OS with a keyboard base that supports Windows 7 for those who need all the functions of a laptop. Lenovo has revolutionized the PC tablet industry with the dual capability – it has caught on with Apple’s iPad and Acer’s PC tablets at the same time.
“Our IdeaPad U1 and LePad truly fit today’s mobile lifestyle,” said Liu Jun, senior vice president, Idea Product Group, Lenovo. “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. Consumers shouldn’t have to adapt their lifestyle to technology, and this product definitely delivers twice the functionality and fun in one device.”
In terms of specifications the LePad doesn’t disappoint. It’s half an inch in thickness and only less than two pounds; uses a Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm. The 10.1-inch widescreen, high-definition LePad slate runs in landscape and portrait modes. Using applications and consuming video, surfing the internet and accessing social networking sites is only a tap away with this slate.
The press release for the slate and the IdeaPad U1 includes further details: “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. LePad leverages the Android ecosystem that Lenovo has already established in China for the LePhone Smartphone. LePad users, in addition to enjoying many preloaded applications, also have access to thousands of custom Android apps from China’s top content partners that are optimized uniquely for the LePad’s large screen. Lenovo plans for LePad to support Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 to provide users a more complete Web browsing experience.”
The LePad and the IdeaPad U1 have already gained much popularity throughout China when it was released earlier this year. Lenovo’s CEO claims that high demand for the LePad tablet has resulted in a supply shortage since its debut and aims to take 20 percent of China’s tablet computer market by the end 2011. That will put the world’s fourth-largest PC maker in direct competition with Apple, which takes up 78.3 percent of China’s tablet market, followed by Samsung’s 5.1 percent and then several local producers, according to research firm Analysys International.
The LePad and the IdeaPad U1 are about to enter the American market, will Lenovo grab a good share of the tablet market? The chances of Lenovo taking over iPad in China and elsewhere are slim; however, given its superb performance in the country – it may take the second place – which is good enough for the time being.