The Lenovo LePad tablet will, following a release in China, ship abroad, a spokesperson reportedly confirmed. Though a U.S. debut still isn't a definite.
reportedly plans to sell its LePad tablet worldwide in June after an initial
launch in China, though it's unclear which markets it will be headed for and
whether the United States will be included.
In the Feb. 17
report, PC World
quoted Jay Chen, a spokesperson for the company, as the source of the
PC maker worldwide, Lenovo introduced the Android-running LePad-modeled after
its LePhone-in July 2010 with the promise of a launch before the end of the
year. The company put the brakes on that launch, however, and at the Consumer
Electronics Show in January showed off the LePad again with its hybrid IdeaPad
U1, saying the pair would be available in China during the first quarter of
2011, but again offering no specifics on a U.S. launch.
most novel of the tablet devices being churned out today, the LePad is an
Android tablet that clicks into the plastic frame of the IdeaPad U1, becoming
the display of a Windows 7-running laptop. (A crude descriptor for children of
the '80s: Remember the Polly Pocket dolls with the plastic outfits that snapped
on and off? It's not entirely unlike that. View slide number four
here for a look.)
U1 and LePad truly fit today's mobile lifestyle," Liu Jun, senior vice
president of Lenovo's Idea Product Group, said in a Jan. 5 statement from CES.
"Use the lightweight 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."
Slate weighs less than 2 pounds and is half an inch thick. It features a
10.1-inch high-definition display, runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, has a
front-facing camera for video calling and offers up to 8 hours of battery life.
The IdeaPad U1 runs Windows 7 Home Premium and an Intel CULV processor. Users
click the LePad in place, hit the Hybrid Switch key, Lenovo said in its
statement, and "seamlessly change operating systems to support a continuous
price, for the China launch, will be approximately $520 for the LePad and
$1,300 for the IdeaPad U1 with the LePad.
announced Jan. 18 that it is also establishing a new business group, the Mobile
Internet and Digital Home Business Group, which will be responsible for
focusing on mobile Internet-geared devices such as smartphones and tablets, as
well as new device categories such as cloud computing, smart televisions and
the digital home.
additionally develop services and applications, Lenovo said, to help fuel this
next-generation of converged devices.
Stanley report released Feb. 14 suggested that the tablet market will be bigger
than analysts have so far predicted, more likely seeing shipments of 100
million units in 2012, up from 2010's 16 million. (In a Jan. 18 report, IDC, by
comparison, forecast 2012's shipments to reach 70.8 million units.)
Over the next
12 months, said the Morgan Stanley report, the greatest demand for tablets will
come from China, which is expected to account for 41 percent of all shipments.
The United States, by comparison, will account for only 11 percent, putting it
behind the United Kingdom (20 percent), Germany (18 percent), Japan (16
percent) and France (15 percent).
also reported that consumer PC use is down by 20 percent since 2008, and the
market has similarly experienced sluggish sales. While mobile PC sales rose
just 4 percent sequentially and 1 percent year-over-year, DisplaySearch reported
Feb. 17, those figures
rise to 8 percent and 17 percent, respectively, when tablet sales were figured
in-a practice that's becoming more common