Jan, 04 2011

There’s no denying the Lenovo LePhone was one sexy piece of mobile hardware. Unfortunately, it never reached it’s arm far out of Asia, and much of the world has been deprived of Lenovo Android goodness. Until now.

Lenovo has officially announced 2 new Android devices, both of which will eventually be available around the world – they went on sale today in Asia.

The first device is the most straightforward; it’s called the Lenovo LePad, and as you probably guessed, it’s Lenovo’s Android Tablet and iPad competitor. We’ve been expecting this one for awhile and some of its specs include Android 2.2, snapdragon processor, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 10.1-inch screen, front-facing camera, 3G and Wi-Fi, and Adobe Flash.

Now imagine you could take the LePad and snap it into (and out of) a portable laptop framework that booted Windows 7, allowing you to instantly switch between Windows 7 and Android. What would you have then?

Well, then you would have the Lenovo IdeaPad U1, and this thing is practically the definition of hybrid:

And if you’d rather just have the LePad with a keyboard, don’t fret, because THAT device comes with a dock that accomplishes just that:

The Lenovo LePad will cost about $599 while the IdeaPad U1 will cost $1399…no word yet on the cost of the LePad Dock.

We’ll have video of the LePad up tomorrow so be sure to check into Phandroid for the details!

Here is the full press release:

Best of Both Worlds: Lenovo’s Dual Mode Hybrid System New Two-in-One Mobile
Device Speaks Android and Windows
LePad multi-touch Android slate for mobility and U1 laptop PC base for full Windows 7 experience

CES 2011, Las Vegas – 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. Offering great performance, both separately and together for a unique Hybrid Switch dual mode capability to switch between two different operating systems, Lenovo delivers to consumers an uncompromised mobile and computing experience.

“Our IdeaPad U1 and LePad truly fits the mobile lifestyle,” said Liu Jun, senior vice president, Idea Product Group, Lenovo. “Use the light-weight slate when you’re mobile, and then simply slide it into the U1 base when you need to create and edit content. Consumers shouldn’t have to adapt their lifestyle to technology, and this product definitely delivers twice the functionality and fun in one device.”

LePad Slate – 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’s Snapdragon™ processor, keeps users incredibly mobile all day with up to eight hours of battery life. LePad is available in four stylish colors with two different textures: scarlet, white, brown leather textured and black leather textured. The 10.1-inch widescreen and rich, high definition LePad slate runs in landscape and portrait modes. Users can consume content such as video, surf the Internet, access social networks from their fingertips, as well as tap out messages and email. It also has a front camera for taking pictures or 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. “Lenovo’s innovative 3G connected slate, powered by our Snapdragon platform, enables a high performance, always connected experience for consumers on the go.”

Built upon Android 2.2., Lenovo customized the LePad slate with an optimized Android media experience on LePad’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 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 China’s top content partners that are optimized uniquely for its large screen. Lenovo plans for LePad to support Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1, looking 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 Availability

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), and the U1 hybrid laptop 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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