Lenovo has started their CES 2011 campaign with a device that had earned them kudos in the last year’s edition of the show. The device is the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid and unlike last year, the device is ready for sale.
The IdeaPad U1 Hybrid is a hybrid in the truest sense of the term. For not only does the device can be both a tablet PC and a laptop at the same time but also includes both the Windows and Android operating system – the laptop running Windows along with the LePad tablet running Android 2.2 Froyo. Things take an exciting turn when you are ready for some tablet operation as all you have to do is just pull out the LePad and voila, there you are.
On the laptop side, there is the 1.2 GHz Intel CULV i5-540UM processor coupled to 2 GB of RAM while on board storage amounts to a quite generous 320 GB. Then there also are USB and HDMI out ports as well.
The LePad story is comprised of 1.3 GHz Snapdragon processor 1 GB RAM, 32 GB flash storage. The 10 inch capacitive multi touch display has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The laptop links to the tablet via a USB connector that users can switch off with a toggle switch.
However, all of the goodies come for a price – a cool $1,300 for the entire thing while the LePad will set one back by a more affordable $520.