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Lenovo Jumping on the Android Tablet Trend

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 14 comments

Lenovo may launch an Android-based tablet by Q4 2010.

Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo Group Limited announced Wednesday that it is currently working on a tablet that will use Google's Android mobile platform. Lenovo spokeswoman Wu Hwa said that it's using Android because the company want the device--currently dubbed as LePad--to compliment the LePhone smartphone which also uses the Android platform.

Currently the tablet is slated for a Q4 2010 release--roughly the same time period many PC manufacturers plan to ship tablets. However Wu made it clear that Lenovo hasn't set a solid launch date, and that the actual name may change before it goes retail.

Liu Jun, senior vice president for Lenovo Group and president for Lenovo Product Group, added to the announcement, saying that the LePad will "echo" the LePhone in functions like web browsing and email. The device is also seen as a crucial part of the company's overall mobile Internet strategy in a 3G era.

Both Hwa and Jun did not provide additional details regarding the upcoming tablet such as hardware specs and Android versions. More info should become available within the next few months.

Lenovo's LePhone--launched in China back in April--uses Android 2.1, and is expected to arrive in other "emerging" markets. Currently it's unknown if the LePad will also focus on the Chinese market.

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    Morgan3rd , July 21, 2010 10:40 PM
    lepad... Actually has a ring to it.

    Pretty much zero chance I'm getting one though... Between a laptop, a smartphone, and a desktop, I'm covered unless I want a kindle.
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    mayne92 , July 21, 2010 10:46 PM
    Someone correct me if I'm wrong but didn't M$ bash Android platform when it was first introduced?...and now watch it grow...
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    Anonymous , July 21, 2010 10:48 PM
    LePad!! LePhone!!!

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    scook9 , July 21, 2010 10:49 PM
    it is not really a mystery when it comes to Android will most likely be the same or very similar internals to the phone and just a bigger screen
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    blurr91 , July 21, 2010 11:18 PM
    LePad....sounds like a French feminine hygiene product.
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    mouettus , July 21, 2010 11:22 PM
    blurr91LePad....sounds like a French feminine hygiene product.

    lol. I'm french (canadian) and that's the first thing that came to my mind as well! :p 
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    wing2010 , July 22, 2010 12:05 AM
    Although many people say tablet is the future, personally I prefer a ultra-thin notebook which gives everything a tablet does but more...
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    lejay , July 22, 2010 1:26 AM
    wing2010Although many people say tablet is the future, personally I prefer a ultra-thin notebook which gives everything a tablet does but more...

    They're not really going to be that distinct. Get a tablet with attachable keyboard and there you go... Or a netbook with detachable keyboard, if that's more your thing.

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    dEAne , July 22, 2010 6:58 AM
    So in China what do they call a Lenovo?
    Chi novo?
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    welshmousepk , July 22, 2010 9:30 AM
    Back by demand, you just made my night. :lol: 
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    kartu , July 22, 2010 11:43 AM
    moriconLePad!! LePhone!!!LeCopyAppleSheepSyndrome!!!!!!

    There were no tablets before apple made it's LePad and Jobbs has also invented the internet, right.
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    braneman , July 22, 2010 12:01 PM
    sigh, another android tablet concept, trying to find an actual android tablet that isn't just a concept is nearly impossible(although if you do I recommend searching cortex a8 android, there are some on ali express)
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    back_by_demand , July 30, 2010 8:19 AM
    Y'know, it just occured to me that the "Pad" monkier isn't Apples anyway.
    IBM had the Thinkpad, which is now made by Lenovo.
    So to go from the Thinkpad to the Lepad is following an existing product line.

    Some might even say that Apple copied Lenovo...
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    cdiazh , August 12, 2010 4:02 AM
    To "moricon":

    Apple didn't invent the tablet, nor the computers, nor the phones.

    They are the ones that copy other manufacturers, but they do make their products prettier and much more expensive....