LePad

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The LePad is a tablet computer sold by Lenovo in China. The LePad is re-branded as IdeaPad outside of China.[1]

Launch[edit]

Lenovo launched the LePad launched in China in 2011 with a starting price of 3,499 yuan.[2]

The LePad is part of an aggressive effort by Lenovo in the market for mobile internet devices. Lenovo has established a Mobile Internet and Digital Home Business Group in order to compete in this space. "The LePad is the first major launch since the business group's founding, we are confident in it and will continue to enrich its product line with better per-forming products and a richer selection of styles," Lenovo said in a written statement.[3]

Hardware and software[edit]

The LePad uses the Android 2.2 operating system and comes in wi-fi and 3G versions.[2] The LePad has a 10.1 inch screen, weighs slightly less than two pounds, and is roughly a half-inch thick. The LePad is being sold in conjunction with the IdeaPad U1 laptop. The LePad slides into the U1 in order to create a fully functional laptop with a full-sized keyboard.[4] The LePad has a front-facing camera for video chat. Battery life of the LePad is around eight hours.[5]

Lenovo says that it will launch an upgrade to the "Ice Cream Sandwich" version of the Android operating system in spring of 2012 for the ThinkPad line of tablets. The upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich will bring improvements such as a better web browser, voice dictation, and facial recognition. Lenovo says that users will be able to upgrade "over-the-air" in order to avoid a complicated installation process.[6]

A1[edit]

Lenovo ideapad Tablet

The A1 features a 1 GHZ processor, 16 GB of flash storage, front-facing and rear-facing cameras, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, offline GPS, and the Gingerbread-version of Android.[7]

S2109[edit]

The IdeaTab S2109 was released in July 2012. It features a 9.7-inch screen, runs the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android, and weighs 1.28 pounds. The S2109 tablet includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and GPS. A front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera is included. The S2109 makes use of SRS Trumedia audio technology and features four speakers. The S2109 is powered by a dual-core 1-gigahertz Cortex A9 processor and has 1 gigabyte of RAM. A microSD slot and an HDMI port are included.[8] As of July 2012, the 8-gigabyte version of the S2109 sold for $399 and the 16-gigabyte version sold for $449.[9]

Yoga[edit]

Main article: Lenovo Yoga

The Lenovo Yoga is a hybrid notebook/tablet computer. The Yoga will be released in the second half of 2012 at a price of $1,200.[10] The Yoga is 17mm thick. It's hybrid design was achieved through the use of a special patented hinge that allows the keyboard to flip flush to the back of the display. The Yoga’s hinge allows the device to be held partway open so it can be set upright on a flat surface as a display. When the keyboard is folded away the computer functions as a touch-controlled tablet. The Yoga's tablet functionality is made possible through Microsoft's Windows 8.[10]

Reviews[edit]

Adam Mills of GottaBe Mobile wrote in March 2012, "The Lenovo IdeaPad A1′s $199 price point makes it an exceptional value. It has specifications that while not mind-blowing, get the job done. It’s not going to deliver a full-blown experience like Apple’s iPad, but it’s perfect for those that want to check their email, play a game, or surf the web on a screen that’s larger than your typical smartphone. GPS, cameras, and access to the full-blown Google Play Store (Android Market) are also huge pluses as well. Suffice to say, the IdeaPad A1 is a nice alternative to both the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet and offers several features."[11]

United States[edit]

As of May 2011, Lenovo planned to introduce two tablet computers during the summer of that year in the United States. The tablet intended for the consumer market would be marketed under the Idea brand while the tablet intended for the business market would be marketed under the ThinkPad brand. Lenovo has stated that the LePad branding used in China would not be used to sell tablets in the United States.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lenovo Tegra 3 tablet benchmarked
  2. ^ a b "Lenovo launches iPad's rival LePad". Political & Business Daily (India). 30 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lenovo set to ship LePad tablet computer". The New Zealand Herald. 30 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b DAVID RANII (27 May 2011). "Lenovo to introduce 2 tablets". The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina). Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Lenovo 'LePad' combines tablet, laptop". Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates). 5 January 2011. 
  6. ^ David Corbanou (10 February 2012). "Lenovo Plans Tablet Update to Android Ice Cream Sandwich". VAR Guy. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Rick Broida (19 January 2012). "Get a Lenovo IdeaPad A1 7-inch tablet for $167.20 shipped". CNET. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Lenovo launches android ICS tablet IdeaTab S2109". Business Today. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Lenovo ideaTab S2109: A tablet with more feature-rich options". India Today Online. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  10. ^ a b ROY FURCHGOTT (21 February 2012). "Lenovo’s Yoga Is a Laptop and Tablet in One". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  11. ^ Adam Mills (23 March 2012). "Lenovo IdeaPad A1 Review". GottaBe Mobile. Retrieved 31 March 2012.