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Lenovo Ideapad U1 stops at FCC after much delay

The often-delayed Lenovo Ideapad U1 stops by FCC, indicating a possible release shortly

The Ideapad U1 is hybrid tablet from Lenovo that can be used both as a tablet and a netbook. This combo should now reach US shortly as Electronista reports a submission by Lenovo to FCC. A letter attached to the filing hints November 22nd as the possible release date.

Lenovo showcased the Ideapad U1 back in January, round about when iPad 2 was released, but since then there has been changes in the gadget that forced repeated postponement. There should be an Android OS instead of the original plan of implementing a custom Linux build.

The Ideapad U1 looks like a tablet, or a netbook depending on how you are presenting it. The tablet fits into a nice monitor case attached to a netbook-size keyboard. The system has round edges with colorful exterior that gives a playful look. While docked, the U1 is expected to run on an Intel CULV processor and a 128GB SSD, but within a promised 3sec of undocking – the UI is supposed to change to that of the Skylight smartbook. The tablet version will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. We are little skeptic about the touch responsiveness of the resistive screen, although Engdget found it to be quite smooth and responsive for that matter.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-07-11 (Update: 2012-05-26)