Well, isn't this a shame? Lenovo has been one of the few companies to
show genuine interest in shipping a high-class product in the
" sector, but now the IdeaPad U1
is seeming to fade from view.
Hardly anything has been mentioned about the device since its original
introduction, and all the while smartbooks have proven to be less
popular than originally expected. Some may say that the tablet killed
the smartbook before it ever had a real chance at success, but the U1
looks like it could be a hit regardless.
It's a hybrid PC that can operate as both a tablet and a laptop, and
rather than throwing all the hard design and engineering work away,
Lenovo will simply be delaying the launch of the U1 until next year. On
one hand, we're sad to see the original June 2010 ship date slip so
badly, but one the other, this could give Lenovo time to include new
hardware and technology that would put it far ahead of the current iPad.
According to a new PC World report, Lenovo
delayed the item because "it
did not meet company standards." There's no mention of what standards
were not met, but Chief Marketing Officer David Roman did mention that
it could be redesigned prior to launch. We just hope they don't change
it too much; it looks really, really great as it stands currently.