The wait is over, well sort of. Lenovo has announced they will launch the new LePad tablet pc globally however they haven’t set a specific date. It is believed that the LePad will hit markets sometime in June 2011. The new tablet will hit markets in China in March and then make its way to other markets worldwide.
The LePad runs on Android 2.2. and drew plenty of attention at CES as it features a nice suggested price: under $550.00, however, this has not been confirmed, but is an estimation. Exact specifications of the LePad tablet haven’t been revealed either but current reports suggest the LePad will feature a LeOS skin, will boast a 1.3 GHz Snapdragon process and feature a 10.1 inch multitouch screen, 3G/Wi-Fi and a 1280X800 display.
On January 5, 2011, Senior Vice President for Idea Product Group for Lenovo Liu Jun stated, “Our IdeaPad U1 and LePad truly fit today’s mobile lifestyle. 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.”
Those who choose to purchase the IdeaPad U1 base can expect to pay up to $1300 as the tablet will be transformed into a full scale notebook computer.
Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Luis Pineda stated, “We are excited that Lenovo has chosen our Snapdragon processor to power the LePad slate. Lenovo’s innovative 3G connected slate, powered by our Snapdragon platform, enables a high performance, always connected experience for consumers on the go.”