Lenovo IdeaPad U1

Lenovo's IdeaPad U1 is an innovative combination of multi-touch tablet and laptop. The IdeaPad U1 looks like a regular laptop when closed and runs on Windows 7 on an Intel Core 2 Duo SU processor. There is a chiclet-style keyboard under its lid surrounded by a rubberized palmrest with integrated touchpad. On the other, when the 11.6 inch HD LED screen is released using a slider catch at the center top of the clamshell lid, it gives you a fully functioning, independent multitouch tablet PC running on Lenovo's new Skylight operating system powered by an ARM processor based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset platform that makes the slate itself an essentially touchscreen version of the Skylight smartbook. When the screen is detached while a particular web page is open, the unit will continue from the same point without interruption. Thereafter, when you attach again the two halves, your data is automatically synchronized between the two halves and you keep on going as if nothing has happened.

The two halves are capacitated to work independently because they both have battery power enough for five hours of 3G web browsing and 60 hours of 3G standby. Its base can actually work even without the screen as long as you connect it to another display. The two halves can likewise work in coordination and the base can share power with the tablet. The ability of the two PC’s to work together and independently is made possible through Lenovo’s Hybrid Switch technology that enables seamless toggling between the two processors. Ideapad U1is equipped with 2 Wi-Fi cards, one for each half of the system. Thus, if your base is downloading, that download will continue. It is likewise integrated with a 3G and 16GB of solid state memory. The U1 is equipped with a 4GB of RAM (512MB in slate/tablet mode), two USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, VGA, HDMI, 4-in-1 memory card reader, a 1.3-Megapixel camera, stereo speakers and a microphone with echo cancellation.

Posted 2010-12-27 and updated on Dec 27, 2010 4:27am by richard

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