While the long awaited Lenovo LePad has already gone on sale in the Chinese markets, the company has already got into the process of developing the next generation LePad. This they believe will put them in good stead in battling the mighty iPad 2. However, the LePad 2 is now nowhere near completion and is expected to reach markets only later in the year. For the time being though, the company exuded confidence they will have no problem taking on the iPad in the domestic market. As Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing points out, “We are confident that the LePad that will be launched this month has its unique advantage over iPad. I hope you can see the launch of our LePad 2 this year, too.” By ‘unique features,’ Yang was obviously referring to the LePad’s Adobe Flash capabilities along with its ability to support multiple video formats. The LePad’s compatibility with dual 3G technology (EV-DO and WCDMA) also makes the LePad have an edge over the Apple offering, Yang believes.
As Yang also points out, “Many Western Internet companies have difficulties in competing with Chinese rivals, which gives Lenovo a unique advantage in the home market.” Yang announced their ability to strike a nice working relationship with Chinese Internet companies such as Baidu and Tencent will provide the LePad with an advantage that other non-Chinese players will have difficulty getting into.
Meanwhile, in another development, the LePad has also made it to the FCC though under the cover of SilverLight. This surely makes the tablet a good head-start as SilverLight will have a better acceptance in the US than LePad.
Everything else though remains the same. Like the same 10.1 inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels upfront with a 1.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8650A chip making up the core. RAM strength is 1 GB while the tablet gets its power from a 27 Whr lithium polymer battery. Among the other features the Silverlight alias LePad also comes with include a 2 megapixel camera, WiFi and Bluetooth, a built-in mic along with stereo speakers. Then there is also a 3-axis gravity sensor with compass support as well.
However, there is some disappointment on the OS front as here its still going to be Android 2.2 Froyo though there will be a custom software layer built on top of it to ensure a good all-round tablet experience. Surely, the new LePad will come ported with HoneyComb right out of the box.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email