Lenovo U1 Hybrid Laptop With LePad Slate
Lenovo U1 Hybrid laptop gets another showing at this year’s CES…
This year’s CES was packed full of tablet goodies that are coming to the market this year. First up is a Lenovo’s U1 hybrid laptop – a device that featured at last year’s CES but quickly stepped back into the shadows of vaporware.
Fortunately, the U1 hybrid has surfaced again, with the promise that the device will go on sale in China in the first quarter.
Lenovo U1 Hybrid
For those who missed out on the original unveiling last year, the U1 hybrid is an amalgamation of Lenovo’s LePad slate and its U1 counterpart. As you can see from the pics, the LePad slides nicely into the U1 laptop base to offer both touchscreen and traditional input and navigation options.
With the base and slate connected, the device runs the Windows 7 Home Premium OS via a 1.2GHz Intel Core i5-540UM CPU with the option of an upgrade to the i7. The base has undergone a revamp since last year’s prototype and now features chiclet keys and a dimpled trackpad.
By lifting a latch, the LePad detaches from the base and instantaneously switches to run Lenovo’s version of Android 2.2, LeOS, via a 1.3GHz Snapdragon CPU nestled in the slate. The slate supports a 1280 x 800 resolution on a 10.1” display with multitouch.
Lenovo LePad Tablet PC
A Lenovo press release listed the Chinese pricing at $520 for the LePad alone, or $1300 for the full package.
Although the device is set for sale this Q1 in China, Lenovo said that the U1 won’t hit the states until Android 3 is released, which means it could be a few months before it reaches the stores across the Pacific.
Lenovo LePad Keyboard Dock
- Nilay Patel: Lenovo LePad tablet and IdeaPad U1 Hybrid return with Android 2.2 in tow. Engadget, 01/04/2011.
- Video Source: Lenovo Via YouTube, 01/07/2011.