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Lenovo planning successor to LePad tablet PC

Plans for a “LePad 2” already in the works before the original even launches

 At a recent IT Summit presentation, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing announced that a successor to the LePad tablet is currently in the works for a September or October release.

Electronista reports both the LePad and “LePad 2” have actually been in development simultaneously, but that the latter is expected to sport a much thinner profile and possibly new hardware as well. Whether or not the successor will be backwards compatible with the U1 dock remains unknown, but early adopters of the LePad will surely be upset to hear that a newer version of Lenovo’s tablet could potentially come just months after the original.

The original LePad tablet was originally scheduled for a December 2010 launch, but has since been pushed back to Q2 2011. Recent reports indicate a name change to “Skylight” for the U.S. market, which admittedly sounds much smoother than “LePad” for U.S. customers. Official price and exact launch dates have yet to be announced, but so far we have heard a ballpark retail estimate of $500 and a U.S. launch window of June. Hopefully, more concrete details will come from Lenovo regarding the original LePad as well as its successor.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-03-29 (Update: 2012-05-26)