We just stopped by the Lenovo booth for a quick look at what products they will have up for grabs in 2011, and man are we impressed. We started off by taking a look at the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid, which is a very nice all-in-one windows pc, and an Android tablet. The actual tablet portion disconnects from the PC portion and acts as a standalone Android tablet running nothing other than Android 2.2, with the UI customizations of Lenovo. Although the tablet does not offer direct access to the Android market because it is China based, it does have a nice market Lenovo has designed to meet the needs and give the tablet thousands of apps. Lenovo does plan to offer a U.S. based model, however it will not come until the release of Honeycomb, which will have high-def support. Lenovo hopes to have someÂ announcementsÂ regarding the release of the U.S. based tablet by June, however the release of Honeycomb will have to be out for this to happen.
We also got to take a look at the LePad which is also only based out of China at this time. The initial thought of the phone is that it feels super nice, and boasts a very sleek UI. The phone feels very solid to the hand, and veryÂ aestheticallyÂ pleasing to the eye. It is currently running Android 2.2 with a custom UI overlay from Lenovo. Although it does have a very sleek UI, it does feel a bit like Android has been lost. As well since the phone is only offered in China it does not come with the Android market which is a bummer, however Lenovo have also put their own version of the market on there too. There are plans for this phone to come to the U.S., however at this time they have not gotten a carrier to pick it up. Here are some of the specs we found and then you can check out some of the pics after the break.
|Support band||WCDMA: 850/1900/2100|
|Network Connection||GPRS / EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900|
|Operating System||Lenovo Android-based independent research and development kernel Music Phone OS v1.1 system|
|Screen parameter||3.61 inches TFT touch screen, WVGA (Resolution 800X480)|
|Processor||Qualcomm QSD8250 platform, 1GHz processor speed|
|Memory||4Gbit DDR +4 Gbit NAND + Micro SDHC (most can be extended to 32GB)|
|Camera||500 megapixel main camera, auto focus, 30 megapixel camera, Vice|
|Headphone jack||3.5 mm standard interface|
|Battery capacity||1500 mAh Battery|
|Custom operators||Customized version of Unicom|
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Lenovo issued this press release today:
LePad multi-touch Android slate for mobility and U1 laptop PC base for full Windows 7 experience
CES 2011, Las Vegas â€“ January 5,2011: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) 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.
â€œOur IdeaPad U1 and LePad truly fit todayâ€™s mobile lifestyle,â€ said Liu Jun, senior vice president, Idea Product Group, Lenovo. â€œUse the light-weight slate when youâ€™re mobile, and then simply slide it into the U1 base when you need to create and edit content. Consumers shouldnâ€™t have to adapt their lifestyle to technology, and this product definitely delivers twice the functionality and fun in one device.â€
LePad Slate â€“ Light, Long-Lasting and Application Rich
At under two pounds and only half an inch in thickness, the extremely portable LePad, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragonâ„¢ processor, keeps users incredibly mobile all day with up to eight hours of battery life. LePad is available in two stylish colors â€“ scarlet and white â€“ and with two different textures – brown â€œleatherâ€ and black â€œleather.â€ The 10.1-inch widescreen, high-definition LePad slate runs in landscape and portrait modes. Users can consume content such as video, surf the Internet and access social networks from their fingertips, as well as tap out messages and email. It also has a front camera for taking pictures or for video chat.
“We are excited that Lenovo has chosen our Snapdragon processor to power the LePad slate,” said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “Lenovoâ€™s innovative 3G connected slate, powered by our Snapdragon platform, enables a high performance, always connected experience for consumers on the go.â€
Built on Android 2.2., Lenovo customized the LePad slate with an optimized Android media experience for LePadâ€™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 Chinaâ€™s top content partners that are optimized uniquely for the LePadâ€™s large screen. Lenovo plans for LePad to support AdobeÂ® FlashÂ® Player 10.1 to provide users a more complete Web browsing experience.
IdeaPad U1 for a Complete Laptop
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.
Pricing and Availability1
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). For detailed pricing and availability for other markets, please contact your Lenovo representative.
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