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06.01.2010 10:33

Lenovo introduces Ideapad U1 hybrid notebook

Category: new notebook models
By: Raghav Kapoor

It incorporates 2 devices in a single unit i.e. a slate and a netbook

Lenovo Ideapad U1 hybrid is actually 2 devices in 1

Lenovo Ideapad U1 hybrid is actually 2 devices in 1

Lenovo has just introduced the Ideapad U1 Hybrid notebook/slate that acts both as a full-fledged notebook and as a detachable touchscreen slate. I must say that this is quite an interesting device because under the hood there are basically 2 separate devices. While the detachable slate is powered by an ARM based Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with 512GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage space, the notebook dock is equipped with an Intel Core2 Duo processor with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 128GB of SSD (Solid State Drive) storage. When used as a slate, the users can experience the Skylite Linux operating system but, when the slate is attached to the docking station the unit runs the Windows 7 operating system. The Ideapad U1 hybrid has a 11.6-inch LED backlit display which supports two finger multitouch, while running either of the two operating systems.

In order to run such a device certain resources need to be shared between the slate and the notebook like the battery, WiFi, 3G, and Bluetooth. Talking about the battery life of this device, the slate is able to run for up to 8 hours while when in netbook mode the device can run for a good 6 hours. The U1 Hybrid has all of the basic laptop features, including three USB ports (one of which is an eSATA/USB combo port), VGA, HDMI, Ethernet (RJ-45), and a 4-in-1 reader (Multi-Media Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Secure Digital Card). All the afore mentioned features are shared between the slate and the notebook.

This is not the first time that we have seen such a device; Freescale has already showcased a device of this type. The device can be used as a slate powered by an ARM based processor and this slate can be docked so as to use it as a netbook with a full-fledged keyboard. The only difference between the Freescale model and the Lenovo Ideapad U1 is that, while the Freescale device uses only a single processor and the dock merely adds a keyboard to the existing device. Whereas, the Lenovo Ideapad U1 hybrid is basically a combination of two independent devices with two processors, two dedicated RAM modules, and two dedicated storage options one for the slate mode and other for the netbook made. So, basically what you get is 2 devices clubbed into one single unit and that is why Lenovo plans to sell this device for a whopping $1000.

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