Lenovo LePad builds on the concept of the IdeaPad U1

Lenovo is back in the hybrid computer biz, with the (apparent) pending release of something it is calling LePad.

Lenovo IdeaPad U1 tablet computer / hybrid computer

Back in January, Lenovo showed off the IdeaPad U1. I wrote about it in Lenovo IdeaPad U1 tablet – it’s real, and it’s out soon. Which was a little premature, given the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 hybrid computer shelved story I wrote in May.

Well put on that happy face again people, the IdeaPad U1 is back on. Soon. I think. Sort of.

The U1 was to be a hybrid computer, users given choice of using it as a conventional style of notebook computer, or, they can remove the screen and use it as a pure table-style computer. Even better, it was to run on two different operating systems, depending on whether you used the device in its notebook or tablet computer mode.

This precise product is not being released, but it has been reported that the tablet computer part of the hybrid will be released in December, it will have a 10.1 inch screen, and be called LePad. God I hope they think some more on that one! Most derivative.

This will be followed in January by the release of a keyboard dock. Not much in the way of detail of the keyboard dock is known, nor whether the dual operating system idea is still a go.

Engadget have reported a little sting in the tail of this news, and that is that these two pieces of the new silicone puzzle are only slated for a release in China.

But there’s obviously time a change of thinking on that, and for more variations, and more name changes. Who knows, they might yet call it the Universe LeTab S.

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