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Lenovo’s LePad tablet launch delayed till next year

It is now expected to be available in the US and China next year

There’s some bad news out here for those anticipating owning Lenovo’s LePad tablet. It is news now that this tablet by Lenovo will be available in the USA only in 2011. Also the tablet’s release in China has been procrastinated, and it would now ship early in 2011 instead of the originally planned December 2010. These revelations were made by CEO Yuan Yangqing on Friday, who however choose to keep the shipping date and price tag under wraps for the time being.

This drives further speculation upon the specifications that the Lenovo LePad tablet would feature since the initial release date is not being adhered to. The 10-inch tablet, as of now is believed to be carrying the following specs, i.e. processing capabilities powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 16GB of storage and 512MB of RAM. As per what Lenovo plans, its main feature will still be a dock, however whether or not it will feature a full Windows notebook i.e. the IdeaPad U1 is still doubtful.
The top boss in charge of Lenovo also spoke of issues beyond the realm of tablets. He expressed an optimistic goal of moving up the ladder in the PC landscape. Lenovo is currently at the fourth position but is soon looking towards securing the top slot. CEO Yuan Yangqing also added that the Company would make this possible by looking at prospective acquisitions in the future and also seriously looking at options that would involve accumulating market share in developing areas, he said that the company would not mind taking the plunge at this idea even at the risk of taking a loss.

Lenovo has long been struggling to get a strong hold in several segments, this can be observed from the fact that its LePad will not have been shipped for a year, even though it had been unveiled long back in January 2010 at the CES. Not only that, the Skylight Smartbook also saw a total makeover with its functionality being altered to Android and its processing as well is under consideration, upon being powered by the dual-core Snapdragon. The release of the Skylight Smartbook as well was scheduled till this December, which now will not make it by the mentioned period and is delayed till next year.

Well all said and done, let’s hope we get to see less of those delays by Lenovo in the future.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2010-11-16 (Update: 2012-05-26)