Lenovo Unveils Android-Based iPad Killer

Taiwanese computer manufacturer Lenovo has unveiled a tablet computer based on Google's Android operating system. Provisionaly named the LePad, the device is scheduled for launch by the end of the year.

Lenovo hopes to make the most of Apple's decision not to launch the iPad officially in China. The Chinese company has already launched its own smartphone to compete with Apple's iPhone in the domestic market.

Lenovo says it has used Google's Android operating system for the tablet PC so that it can easily synchronise with the earlier LePhone device. Android has proved a popular choice among mobile phone and tablet makers, thanks to its open source nature and broad developer community.

Lenovo spokesperson Wu Hua said: "We want the tablet PC to be compatible with our LePhone smartphone, which is why we're using Android."

He said that the product's launch date had not yet been confirmed - and revealed that the device is also likely to be renamed.