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Lenovo working on ThinkPad X1/Android hybrid

Lenovo could add Android instant-on option to upcoming ThinkPad notebooks

Popular laptop manufacturer Lenovo hasn’t had much success with their Android tablet lineup, but the company could be bringing the open-source OS to their ThinkPad notebooks.

According to The Verge, sources have informed them that Lenovo is working on a hybrid ThinkPad notebook that would include an instant-on Android environment. The changes appear to be forthcoming with a new edition of Lenovo’s X1 ultraportable later this month, and the Android OS could end up doubling the notebook’s battery life from 5 to 10 hours.

Unfortunately, details are sketchy for the time being, and while the folks at The Verge speculates that the hybrid notebook could switch between operating systems on the fly, we’re more inclined to believe that it would dual-boot similar to other “instant-on” software. 

The ThinkPad X1 was originally introduced back in May before the Ultrabook rush, and comes with a 13.3” IPS display, up to a Core i7 processor, optional SSD, and Gorilla Glass all in a package that is less than .67” thick. The ThinkPad X1 currently goes for around $1,200 but there is no word about what the hybrid may cost.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-11-14 (Update: 2019-04-30)