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Lenovo LePad gets worldwide launch window

Plans for the worldwide release expected this June

Lenovo first showed off its LePad tablet at this year’s CES, but release dates remained unknown until now. PCWorld is reporting that a Lenovo spokesperson has confirmed plans for selling the LePad worldwide this June, with an earlier launch for China near the end of March. It should be noted, however, that no specific territories were mentioned for the “worldwide” release. Perhaps more surprising will the cost of the tablet, as Lenovo will reportedly set the price at around the $500 mark. This would make the tablet much more appealing than the high-end Motorola Xoom and HTC Flyer as those could be costing upwards of $800. Unfortunately, a more precise launch date in June is still not confirmed.

The 10.1-inch Lenovo LePad will be equipped with Android 2.2, a 1280x800 resolution display and a 1.3GHz Snapdragon processor. Still unknown are the exact amount of onboard RAM and whether the device will be upgradeable to Android 3.0. Probably its most appealing factor, however, will be its attachment capabilities to the IdeaPad U1 laptop, where the tablet can attach to the laptop and act as the monitor, thus functioning much like a regular netbook.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-02-23 (Update: 2012-05-26)