Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid with LePad Slate – Notebook/Tablet Combo

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At CES 2011 (yeah, I wish I was there), Lenovo showed off their IdeaPad U1 hybrid with LePad slate. The Lenovo product is both a laptop and a detachable tablet. Pretty cool. Even more awesome is that it runs both Windows 7 and Android 2.2. When the slate is docked (IdeaPad U1 mode), the system runs Windows 7. When the tablet is detached (LePad slate mode), the system runs Android 2.2. I don’t have one to play with, but it’s suppose to switch operating systems seamlessly and magically.

Lenovo IdeaPad U1 hybrid with LePad slate

The Lenovo IdeaPad U1 with LePad slate isn’t currently available in the USA, but will sell for about $1300 in China this quarter. The LePad slate can also be purchased separately for about $520 (also China only for now). Hopefully when it’s available in the US, Lenovo will send me a unit for review. I can dream, can’t I?

IdeaPad U1 Hybrid with LePad Slate Features

  • Tablet weighs less than two pounds and is only half an inch thick
  • 1.3Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (LePad slate)
  • 1.2GHz Intel CULV Core i5-540M processor (IdeaPad U1 base)
  • 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of flash memory (LePad slate)
  • 2GB DDR3 memory, 320GB HDD (IdeaPad U1 base)
  • Full size keyboard
  • Battery life of up to eight hours
  • 10.1″ multi-touch, multi-function, high-definition (1280×800) screen
  • Runs in landscape and portrait modes
  • Dual cameras: 2mp front-facing, 5mp rear-facing
  • Android 2.2 and Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium operating systems
  • Lenovo-developed push service that delivers email, news and other content in real time (eliminates the need to open a browser and log in)
  • Hybrid Switch feature enables users to seamlessly change operating systems
  • Will eventually support Adobe Flash Player 10.1
  • LePad is available in two colors: scarlet and white
  • LePad is available in two textures: brown leather and black leather