January 6, 2011

IdeaPad U1 hybrid with LePad slate comes back now with Android 2.2 Froyo

A year ago at CES 2010, Lenovo showcased this, the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid with LePad Slate that back then was suppose to run on Windows 7 when the slate is docked and when taken off turns to Lenovo's Skylight Linux. What happened was Lenovo put the device on hold and then fast forward a year after the tablet is back now with Android 2.2 Froyo on board.

The said tablet hybrid (sounds familiar with the Dell Inspiron Duo) will feature the LeOS, Lenovo's own Android skin, a 1.3 GHz Snapdragon processor (LePad), a 1.2 GHz Intel Core i5-540UM on the U1 (tablet) with the option to upgade to i7. 

Endadget was able to try the device and have reported that switching from netbook to tablet mode was easy. To switch to Android OS, all you have to do is to disengage it from it's latch and while switching from Windows to Android was instantaneous, going back from Android to Windows takes a few second. 

The device will cost you $520 when the device will come to China this quarter (Q1 2011) but the "full U1 kit will run $1300". There is no word from Lenovo about US pricing and availability but they have said that the U1 kit will not arrive in the US unless Android 3.0 Honeycomb is already running on the device.

Source: Endgadget


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