Update: Lenovo is now denying any such timetable exists. Please read: Lenovo Refutes Reports of U1 Tablet Launch and Windows 7 Plans
The innovative but long-delayed Lenovo U1 hybrid tablet PC is finally getting its worldwide release in 2011, Lenovo business director Xiong Wen said.
Addressing attendees at the at the Zhongguancun Innovation Expo 2010 in Beijing, Wen claimed the U1 and its Android tablet component, LePad, will both be released in China by the end of the year, and then worldwide during the first half of 2011.
The Lenovo IdeaPad U1 created much buzz at CES where it was unveiled last year. The hybrid tablet and notebook featured a detachable screen that doubled as a touch-based tablet. Both the tablet display and notebook dock sport individual processors and operating systems, Windows 7 for the base and what was then a Linux build for the tablet.
Originally intended to ship in the spring of 2010, Lenovo delayed the device in order to scrap the Linux build for the tablet and instead incorporate Google Android.
TabletPCReview spoke with Lenovo reps in June about the move from Linux to Android, and we were told that when Lenovo first began developing the IdeaPad U1, Android was not yet a player in the mobile OS landscape. Lenovo did not expect the move to Android to be a difficult one, however. Lenovo has much Android experience through its LePhone Android smartphone, which is popular in China.
Source: PC World