Lenovo Showcases Ideapad U1 & Lepad Tablet / Laptop Hybrid

Lenovo has revealed a new tablet hybrid solution made of the Ideapad U1 tablet & the Lepad, which is a combination of a keyboard add on and a tablet with a single button in front, not unlike Apple's own iPad.

The tablet is a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixels device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip with 1GB RAM and either 16GB or 32GB flash storage with Wi-Fi, 3G and a front facing camera.

Lenovo says that it has a battery life of up to eight hours, is powered by Android 2.2 and is rather chubby at 760g.

It becomes even heavier when connected to the Ideapad U1 laptop which is basically netbook without a screen, the display being the tablet itself.

As a netbook, it is powered by an Intel CULV processor (1.2GHz Core i5-540UM) rather than an Atom one, packs 2GB onboard RAM, 320GB hard disk drive and Windows 7 Home Premium, one USB port and HDMI.

Once connected, the combined netbook weighs a hefty 1.8Kg and carries a selling price of $1300, which is almost three times what the Lenovo X120e, which is based on AMD's latest fusion chip, is supposed to cost.