Today Lenovo unveiled their first slate, the new IdeaPad U1 and LePad hybrid, a multi-touch Android slate running on LeOS that can go mobile in HD or connect to the U1 keyboard base and run on Windows 7. The tablet has Lenovo’s seamless hybrid technology to switch quickly from the Android OS to Windows. Lenovo says this same technology will not disrupt the Wi-Fi, WCDMA/EVDO 3G wireless internet connection included with the slate.
The slate can switch from portrait mode to landscape to suit your reading and video-watching preferences. We originally saw the prototype of this slate/notebook back during CES 2010, so we’re excited to see it now even if we had to wait a year.
The Lenovo LePad Slate
The tablet is powered with a Qualcomm SnapDragon 1.3 Ghz processor, and while docked with the base, the notebook runs with an Intel CULV I5-540UM 1.20 Ghz processor. It has been tested to last up to eight hours at full battery charge while undocked. The U1 base is, of course, sold separately from the slate.
Measuring in with a 10.1” display and 1280 x 800 resolution, the tablet weighs 1.67 lbs and is ½ inch thick (the notebook weighs 4 lbs). The slate features ARM snapdragon graphics; the notebook has Intel Integrated graphics.
Full IdeaPad U1 Hybrid and LePad Specifications:
|Processor||Slate: Qualcomm SnapDragon 1.3 GHz
Notebook: Intel CULV Core i5-540M 1.2 GHz
|Operating System||Slate; LeOS (Android based)
Notebook: Windows 7 Home Premium
|Display||10.1″ (16:10 ratio) with 1280 x 800 resolution|
|Graphics||Slate: ARM Snapdragon
Notebook: Intel Integrated
|Memory||Slate: 1 GB RAM
Notebook: 2 GB DDR3 RAM
|Storage||Slate: 16 GB/32 GB Flash
Notebook: 320 GB, 5400 rpm, 7 mm SATA
|Communication||Slate: Bluetooth/Wi-Fi/3G (EVDO & WCDMA)
Notebook: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1
|Ports||Slate: SIM Slot, Headphone jack
Notebook: One USB 2.0 and HDMI
|Camera||2MP integrated web camera|
|Other Features||LePad Dock port for charger, keyboard dock or notebook|
|Dimensions||Slate: 263 x 188 x 12.9 mm
Notebook: 270 x 210 x 33.2 mm
|Included Software||Slate: Web, video, music, eReading, push service, game, app store
Notebook: OneKey Rescue, Lenovo Energy Management Software 5.0, Adobe Reader, Veriface, McAfee Virus Scan Plus, LeZone Software, may vary by region
Pre-loaded apps and software also come along with it, including software for e-Reading, app store, music, video, web browsing, McAfee, and more. Other notable features include quick access keys to things such as e-mail and news and a front-facing camera.
Lenovo said there are plans in the making for the LePad to support Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for a better web-browsing experience with the slate.
You can get it in four colors: brown or black (leather-textured), white, or scarlet. The Lenovo IdeaPad U1 with LePad will be available in the Chinese market at the beginning of Q1. It will be sold for approximately $520 for the slate only and $1300 for both the slate and U1 hybrid laptop. Look out for more information concerning when it will be available in the US and worldwide market.
Lenovo IdeaPad U1 and LePad hybrid: the keyboard docking station and U1 base