The Lenovo LePad and U1 Hybrid have finally returned. It’s been almost a year since we’ve seen Lenovo’s LePad and the U1 Hybrid but since Lenovo’s preparing for a release of these products in China this month or next, the timing seems appropriate. Lenovo scrapped these products, along with the Skylight, earlier this year – one reason was to get Android on them instead of their own custom Linux build. Was it worth the wait? Can’t say for sure yet but looking at Engadget’s hands on, there are improvements all around over the originals.
For starters, both the LePadand the U1 Hybrid notebook parts have been reduced to 10-inch in size, over 11.6-inch. Improved viewing angles. Performance is ‘snappy’ and HD video playback was no problem. No word on processor but Engadget’s heard it could have a newer Qualcomm Snapdragon, if not Tegra 2. We’ll have to see about Lenovo’s custom sugar coating over Android, which should be Honeycomb, when it gets released early on next year.
The U1 Hybrid, looks great but was not working so they couldn’t actually test the device as a… what’s going on run on it now? The original had ULV guts with Windows but I guess the same Android as on the slate part. Update: it’s the same deal. Cloned in China shows another source where it’s running Windows 7 in netbook mode. Battery is integrated, non-removable. A bit chunky but that’s the norm for netbooks with tablets. It’ll have a USB and HDMI port.