The problem with any good tablet, or any touchscreen for that matter, is the lack of a physical keyboard and docking station.  Plus you need a reasonably light operating system that doesn’t drain battery life and won’t drive you nuts when it comes to completing a task.

The Ideapad U1 from Lenovo is a tablet meets desktop computer thanks to its dual OS and optional docking station.  When docked the Ideapad U1 can provide a full blown Windows 7 experience.  When undocked (tablet form) it utilizes the Android OS, 2.2 to be exact.

Lenovo is promising an 8 hour battery life between charges thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 1.3Ghz processor and 10.1-inch HD multitouch screen.  There are also dual cameras (a 2MP front facing and 5mp backwards facing), weighs less than 2lbs and measures .51-inches thin.

There’s no word on a price, though it looks like this product will be specifically offered in China with a comparable version set for a US release due in the future.  Two price options will be available, with the more expensive one including the dock and keyboard.


Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."