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Lenovo LePad Slate and IdeaPad U1

Lenovo LePad Slate
Lenovo adds a new twist to the netbook/tablet dynamic

When it comes to the saturated netbook market, manufacturers are always looking to differentiate their products. For netbooks, that's often a tough task given that there's not much you can do differently with a 10.1" screen, near full-size keyboard, and an Intel Atom processor.

Dell tried going a different route with its Inspiron Duo convertible netbook, but reviews for the device have been mixed. Lenovo is going a completely different route with its IdeaPad U1 Hybrid and LePad Slate. 

First off is the LePad Slate. It is a 10.1" (1280x800) tablet device that runs the Android 2.2 operating system. The LePad Slate features a 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of flash memory for storage, and has a battery life of up to 10 hours. When it comes to functionality and apps, the LePad Slate will be similar to other Android-based devices on the market like the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Where things start to get interesting, however, is with the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid attachment. When a LePad Slate is docked with the IdeaPad U1 base, the pair becomes a fully functioning Windows 7 Home Premium system complete with keyboard. Users can also use the "Hybrid Switch" to seamlessly switch between the two operating systems. 

The IdeaPad U1 base features a 1.2GHz Intel CULV Core i5-540M processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory, and a 320GB HDD. External ports are limited to just an HDMI connection and a single USB port. Wireless radios, however, are plentiful with Bluetooth, 802.11n, and 3G wireless support. 

The Lenovo LePad and IdeaPad U1 will be available in China during the first quarter of 2011. The LePad itself will cost roughly $520 USD while the combo will set you back $1,300 USD. 

There is no word on an official U.S. launch for the pair.

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I don't quite get it?
By AssBall on 1/4/2011 5:39:12 PM , Rating: 2
If you take the tablet off it is a totally different system. You can't use it in conjunction with the WIN7 laptop, only separately. It's not really a dock, just a place to hold your tablet, or a screen for your laptop. I guess it's a different idea...

I don't know if this will go over very well. But tablets are pretty worthless anyway, IMO.

RE: I don't quite get it?
By AEvangel on 1/4/2011 7:27:26 PM , Rating: 1
I can see a use for tablets, but not beyond the $300 price point to be honest.

This thing even with the combo seems WAY overpriced at $1300, since for that price I can the Dell/Alienware M11x, which I can play Crysis on and have a form factor almost the same size.

I don't get the touchscreen, but for all else I get with the M11x and for half the price, I think I can live.

RE: I don't quite get it?
By The Raven on 1/5/2011 2:27:27 PM , Rating: 2

I just heard about this through OMG Ubuntu. At $550 I would buy one if I had the need. But like many people, I have no need for a tablet, and my notebook is doing fine at the moment. As far as netbooks go, my wife loves hers and I like it too. You don't need a stand or case for it lol.

RE: I don't quite get it?
By fearrun on 1/5/2011 2:37:42 AM , Rating: 2
Actually I see an interesting potential, but it depends on app support on the tablet. I was just thinking how useful it could be in class rooms or other presentation environments, if the tablet could remote access and control the laptop base with the 802.11n connection.

Around home it would be nice. Maybe you don't want to have a laptop, well occupying your lap. So, just detach the tablet from the base and access shared media. Say you want to remotely control the laptop while it is connected to a HDTV, it could become one amazing remote. Being able to display what you do on your tablet through the laptop base would be rather nice too.

Lots of potential but this would require seamless integration on both the hardware and software layers for the two pieces to interact.

RE: I don't quite get it?
By Da W on 1/5/2011 10:56:14 AM , Rating: 2
Far too expensive otherwise it would be good.

I don't see the point of android tablets anyway. I can dig the iPad since it is really smooth running and can be used as a media/email/webbrowsing/gaming machine, even if i won't buy one.

But phone OSes for tablet are only a temporary solution. Boost the power of Atom chips by only 1 generation, wait to see what AMD fusion will be able to do, lets see what cluv Sandy Bridge can do or wait for a modular windows 8 OS and you will have fully functionnal windows tablets. All that less than 18 months away.

I would like a tablet that can be used as a sophisticated remote for my media center HTPC. That can access all my files on my home network. That can sync my e-mails and media files from my other computers. That can use WORD and POWERPOINT. THEN we will be talking. Right now i have to use a HP touchsmart tablet pc to do that, it's heavy and runs hot as hell.

RE: I don't quite get it?
By cjohnson2136 on 1/5/2011 2:52:11 PM , Rating: 2
don't see the point of android tablets anyway. I can dig the iPad since it is really smooth running and can be used as a media/email/webbrowsing/gaming machine, even if i won't buy one.

You do realize the iPad runs iOS which is the same OS that the iPhone runs. The iPad runs a phone OS just like any Android tablet. Might want to research some.

RE: I don't quite get it?
By Johnmcl7 on 1/5/2011 12:50:36 PM , Rating: 2
It would certainly make a lot of sense for the tablet to function as a thin client wirelessly to the laptop part as well as syncing certain files between the Android and Windows 7 base so when you're away from the base you have your files. The article makes no mention of any interaction between the two operating systems which if true makes the system expensive and fairly pointless.

By mfenn on 1/4/2011 5:38:28 PM , Rating: 3
Is that something that French women use?

RE: LePad
By Smartless on 1/4/2011 6:21:30 PM , Rating: 5
Le Sigh.

By DukeN on 1/5/2011 10:56:45 AM , Rating: 2
Or is it Leme? LeLame?

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