Lenovo to press LePad on LeWorld
Global release for erstwhile 'China only' Android tablet
Lenovo will bring its entry into the Android tablet arena to a world audience, but not before it has released the gadget in its native China.
The tablet, called the LePad and which, like HTC's Flyer tablet, will run Android 2.2 Froyo, will go on sale in China in March, around the time that its competitors begin selling Android 3.0 Honeycomb-based rivals in the West. LePad will be released to other countries in June, a Lenovo spokesman told IDG.
LePad and IdeaPad U1: from tablet to netbook, and back again
LePad is a 10.1in tablet with a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. Lenovo showed it off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last January, along with a laptop-style unit, the IdeaPad U1, into which the LePad can be clipped to make a netbook.
At the time, both items were said to be aimed solely at the Chinese market.
Will the gadget come to the UK, though? Lenovo recently confessed that its new, AMD-based 11.6in sub-notebook the ThinkPad X120e is not going to be made available to Europeans. Perhaps the LePad - despite its Gallic-sounding name - won't either. ®
Borrowing an idea from AlwaysInnovating's TouchPad by the look of it. The dock has to be rather chunky to stop the whole thing tipping over backwards (unless you use a Psion-esque arrangement). A handy way to provide the required mass is to stuff it with extra batteries...
Wow, looks like they are finally getting back to the original touchscreen notebook! The Concerto was great piece of kit and by removing the keyboard you could walk around and use it as a notepad, or use it as a normal (486) notebook. Very popular with the aged rellies who could never get the hang of using a mouse to move the pointer on the screen (probably why fondle slabs are popular with the same age group - when they can pry them off the grandkids!).
I used it as my travel machine for years and I've still not found a better way to give presentations - facing the audience drawing on the screen to highlight important points. It was still functional when we donated it to a IT charity shop five years ago (although Windows for Pen had not been updated very much...)
That looks nice. I wonder how well it's engineered, if it's along the lines of a stinkpad, I'd be well up for one.