We have to doff our collective caps to Lenovo. While the world tries to decide whether need a tablet to either complement their laptop or replace their netbook, the clever so-and-sos produce the first device to completely tick all the boxes.
On the surface, the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 looks like a regular compact laptop, running Windows 7. However, a slight tug at the screen releases it from the dock and transforms it into a fully functional 11.6-inch HD LED touchscreen tablet. Ingenious.
Launch the Lenovo IdeaPad pictures to see it in action.
More on the latest tablets:
– Apple iPad: 10 Things you need to know
– Best laptops and tablets for 2010
Lenovo IdeaPad specs
The U1 runs on the Sylight Linux OS, with a drag-to-enlarge, 4-panel touchscreen media centre, which Lenovo is calling the "Me" UI. An alternate layout showcases several other homescreens, each housing six apps and widgets that open full-screen with a tap of your index finger. There’s plenty of mutlitouch-enabled action to choose from, with music, photos, videos, e-books, weather, social networking and word processing all catered for.
It also has it’s own processor, a 1GHz Snapdragon chip to keep it nifty, and comes with a 16GB SSD. It’s also boasting a SIM-card slot for 3G connectivity. Once it’s back in the dock, it’ll be displaying your Windows 7 OS again within three seconds.
Lenovo IdeaPad Verdict
The Lenovo IdeaPad U1 really is a cracking idea that’s sure to leave many tech manufacturers kicking themselves for not thinking of it first. Check out our video report for a closer look.