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
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.
Je blagues, c'est géniales!