Lenovo Already has a Slimmer LePad in the Works

Posted by at 11:14 am on March 29, 2011

Lenovo’s chief Yang Yuanqing in a presentation at the Chinese IT Leadership Summit revealed that the company already has a sequel to the LePad in development. He claimed that the new Android tablet had been developed almost side-by-side with the original in a distinct group and was due to ship in September or October, as little as three months after the original’s world debut. While CCIDnet and others at the summit didn’t get most hardware details, the CEO promised a thinner tablet to compete with the iPad, not unlike Samsung’s reactionary approach with the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

It wasn’t explained how Lenovo expected to get significant sales of the original with its sequel just a few months away. The 10-inch slate’s sub-$500 price may be its strongest attraction.

The LePad was unveiled first as half of the IdeaPad U1 in January 2010 before being broken out as its own device. Lenovo had first tried to use its own custom Linux interface but ended up switching to Android. Delays beyond this ended up moving it to June this year.

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