With detachable multi-touch tablet, IdeaPad U1 Hybrid incorporates two processors
While everyone is tightening up seat belts for the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show 2010, Lenovo is already here with its new ThinkPad lineup update. Lenovo has unveiled a unique laptop IdeaPad U1 Hybrid that incorporates features of a multi-touch tablet and a notebook. Appearing like James Bond's next gadget, IdeaPad U1 Hybrid sports two different processors and separate storage for the tablet and the notebook both. Priced at $999 (Rs. 48,000 approx.), we expect this hybrid notebook to be available from June 1 in U.S.
Calling it sheer innovation and shift in usage paradigms, Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid has features of multi-touch tablet and notebook, both incorporated in one. Weighing 1.72kgs, IdeaPad U1 Hybrid has 11.6-inch touchscreen and sports Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor and 512MB RAM. When detached from the notebook, this display acts as multi-touch display tablet running customized Linux Kernel based interface dubbed Skylight. Lenovo claims that the tablet itself will have battery life of 6 hours and 3G Networks based web-surfing will stoop the battery life down to 3 hours. The tablet can be used in landscape as well as portrait mode.
When housed on the laptop, the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid has Intel's ultra-low voltage processor - Core 2 Duo SU processor. This notebook includes up to 4GB RAM, Intel GMA integrated graphics, built-in 1.3 megapixel web camera, two USB 2.0 ports, eSATA port, HDMI, VGA port and 4-in-1 memory card reader. Users can add up to 128GB SSD for storage of which 16GB would rest on the tablet. We think this is great as whenever one wishes to type, the tablet can be attached again to the notebook and used.
Lenovo's interesting innovation of combining a tablet with a laptop will surely draw attention from iSlate and other multi-touch tablet enthusiasts. Also, consumers would find this two-in-one device money-wise better than paying $1000 (approx.) for a multi-touch tablet that won't offer any tactile keyboard.