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Lenovo to Launch Android Tablet, LePad, in 2011

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Lenovo has confirmed that it will begin shipping its Android-powered LePad tablet in Q1.

We first heard about Lenovo's tablet plans back in July. The company said it had started work on an Android tablet called the LePad, which it hoped would complement the company's LePhone smartphone (LePhone is China only for now).

Back then we were told the tablet was scheduled for a Q4 2010 launch, but the device's release was pushed back when COO Rory Read said Lenovo was waiting for Honeycomb before launching a tablet in the U.S. market. Honeycomb, a version of the Android OS optimized for tablets, is not expected to hit before the end of 2010 so we were left with a launch date of "sometime in 2011."

Now, Lenovo is narrowing things down a bit. Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing on Friady told the Wall Street Journal that the LePad would come to the U.S. at the beginning of 2011. More specifically, those of you eager for a Honeycomb tablet can expect the LePad to hit shelves sometime before the end of March 2011.

Yang didn't elaborate on pricing or specs, but did mention that China would also be getting the LePad at the beginning of the year.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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    ZaKa , November 16, 2010 8:49 AM
    LePad... I'm picturing people wearing berets and eating french baguettes using a LePad!

    Je blagues, c'est géniales!
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    xantek24 , November 16, 2010 4:52 AM
    we have the same work schedule Jane... ;) 
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    xantek24 , November 16, 2010 5:00 AM
    anyway, down to business, i have a ?, what is it with these tablets all of the sudden? I don't speak only for my self but you can't carry a tablet or the "IPad" with you all the time. Based on my observations, people rather have an all-in-one solution which is a smartphone...."i might as well use my phone for documents" is what i get all the time.
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    belardo , November 16, 2010 5:00 AM
    WOW! I wet my pants!
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    drakefyre , November 16, 2010 6:16 AM
    Why can't these companies show just a little bit of creativity? What's with the pad nonsense? Make up your own name people, imitation is just another form of flattery. These types of naming schemes just make Apple look good and other companies look like they are playing catch up, which they sort of are, but they shouldn't be so obvious about it.

    [EDIT] I totally forgot about Lenovo's ThinkPad line when writing this, which makes this rant almost absolutely foolish as the pad bit is definitely not being copied from Apple.
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    ZaKa , November 16, 2010 8:49 AM
    LePad... I'm picturing people wearing berets and eating french baguettes using a LePad!

    Je blagues, c'est géniales!
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    belardo , November 16, 2010 8:56 AM
    Kind of sounds like a womans feminine product...
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    feeddagoat , November 16, 2010 9:54 AM
    Samaung galaxy pad can handle calls texts and data but the blurring of the line between phone and notebook continues. Personally I like a phone to call and text on and have data for tethering a laptop since wifi hotspots are insanely priced. Tables do interest me since they're smaller and lighter than a laptop and easier to browse on than a phone when you need to fill time. Tho I like to program or do uni work while out and about so a netbook is handy in that area if not a bit bulky. In my eyes the HTC desire HD or dell streak is the best between phone and tablet. Ok for portable media and browsing. If I was to get a new laptop it would be towards the £600 bracket for light gaming/portable desktop since most of my internet and media needs are handled by a phone. The tablet tho has its worth. I imagine someone with a dumb phone would find a use for one while out and about but then again a good laptop can make it redundant. I guess its an alternative to a netbook or a cool new toy. Apps on a bigger screen and hopefully more powerful hardware with optimised software, yes please! I think I rambled a bit there
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    millerm84 , November 16, 2010 11:12 AM
    I'm not thrilled about the name, and I love lenovo products so a tablet from them is a product I would look into. But I don't understand why not go for a more marketable name, in China Lepad may sell big, but in the States if it sounds like a french tampon its not going to be a hit. Then again I thought the same thing when I heard iPad and look where that got me.
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    tayb , November 16, 2010 11:38 AM
    The name is worse than the iPad. This sounds like a french iPad. Can't we get anything more original?
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    mj4358 , November 16, 2010 11:41 AM
    BelardoKind of sounds like a womans feminine product...

    Hmmmm....where have we heard that statement before?
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    tsnorquist , November 16, 2010 11:52 AM
    Seriously, these companies just need to come onto some forums, give away a bunch of high end stuff in return for a better naming scheme.
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    kartu , November 16, 2010 12:09 PM
    I couldn't care less about the name, only hardware / price matter.

    Snatch. (2000)
    Avi: Should I call you Bullet? Tooth?
    Bullet Tooth Tony: You can call me Susan if it makes you happy.
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    koga73 , November 16, 2010 1:10 PM
    I remember a while back there was an article about lenovo talking to their customers and deciding that tablets weren't what they wanted...

    Article: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Lenovo-Slate-PC-i7-i5,9725.html
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    quantum mask , November 16, 2010 1:36 PM
    drakefyreWhy can't these companies show just a little bit of creativity? What's with the pad nonsense? Make up your own name people, imitation is just another form of flattery. These types of naming schemes just make Apple look good and other companies look like they are playing catch up, which they sort of are, but they shouldn't be so obvious about it.

    But . . . it IS a pad
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    liveonc , November 16, 2010 2:03 PM
    Have they tried to market LePhone & LePad in France or other frog speaking Nations? ;-)
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    zorky9 , November 16, 2010 2:09 PM
    ZaKaLePad... I'm picturing people wearing berets and eating french baguettes using a LePad!Je blagues, c'est géniales!

    More like Pepe Le Pew's underpants.
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    Sihastru , November 16, 2010 2:42 PM
    LePad as in ThePad as in OnePadToRuleThemAll! I should register that one.
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    Camikazi , November 16, 2010 2:43 PM
    drakefyreWhy can't these companies show just a little bit of creativity? What's with the pad nonsense? Make up your own name people, imitation is just another form of flattery. These types of naming schemes just make Apple look good and other companies look like they are playing catch up, which they sort of are, but they shouldn't be so obvious about it.

    You realize this is Lenovo right? The company who has been using the name ThinkPAD for years? As in WAY before Apple released their iPad, and even before Lenovo bought the devision IBM used the name ThinkPad, seems to me the one imitating is Apple. LePad (needs new name BTW) can be seen as an extension of their laptop ThinkPad line and nothing to do with the iPad.
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    mrmez , November 17, 2010 12:31 AM
    Le Pad???

    It sounds French, and accordingly will riot and set things of fire one day for no apparent reason ;) 
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    drhenks , November 17, 2010 1:16 AM
    I am LeTired of the pads...
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