Jun 26, 2010

Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Smart-Book

Video Lenovo U1 from Youtube

Possibly as a response to the recent delay announcement of the Lenovo Skylight, the online home for the Lenovo U1 smart-book has been updated. Unfortunately, that update does not include anything new in regards to a release date or pricing. What it does offer is the ability to trade your name and email for the privilege of being notified when its available. In other words, it seems we are still on track for the expected June release. That said, though, the UI hybrid is an interesting product and any change, even small, is still better than seeing this turn into vaporware.

For those unfamiliar with the Lenovo U1, it was first introduced during CES 2010 at which time it was also put on display for many to check out. I was fortunate enough to spend a few minutes with my hands on, and can say that I left intrigued and hopeful.

In short, the U1 is a hybrid smart-book that features a laptop like setup with a full Windows 7 operating system. However that display can be removed from its back panel and keyboard so it will serve as a tablet. Once detached, the U1 will then automatically switch to a second operating system, which is Lenovo's Skylight.

The real intriguing part comes in regards to use, the Lenovo U1 is basically two PC's and thus has two processors and thanks to Lenovo's "Hybrid Switch technology" you can do things like start surfing the web while in laptop mode and running Windows 7 and then detach into tablet mode and continue where you left off, except at this point you will be using Lenovo's Skylight operating system.

Hardware features include the 11.6 inch HD LED multitouch display, built-in 3G, integrated video camera, stereo speakers, a microphone with echo cancellation and a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that offers power when in tablet mode. It was also noted that when detached the display will weigh in at 1.6 pounds.

Anyway, the site has been updated and all seems to remain on track for the June 1, 2010 release. Hopefully we can see something done about lowering that price just a bit though, as of now it is "estimated" as coming in at $999.

By Robert Nelson, http://nexus404.com

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