Lenovo Launches Industry’s First Hybrid Notebook/Tablet

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Can't decide between a slate tablet and a thin and light notebook? Lenovo has just the solution. The new IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook offers the best of both worlds with a removable multitouch screen that has a separate ARM processor and runs on Lenovo's customized Skylight operating system. When the IdeaPad U1 is in its traditional clamshell form, you'll have a full PC with an 11.6 inch HD LED screen running Windows 7.

The two halves of the IdeaPad U1 can work together or independently thanks to Lenovo's Hybrid Switch technology. For example, you can surf the Web in laptop mode and then detach to tablet mode and continue surfing from the same point. The Lenovo IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook will be available June 1 for an estimated retail price of $999.

One PC, Two Devices: Lenovo Reveals the Industry’s First Hybrid Notebook

Detachable Screen Lets Users Switch Between Full Function Notebook Mode
and 3G Multitouch Slate Tablet for Mobile Internet

CES 2010, Las Vegas – January 6, 2010: Lenovo today announced the industry’s first hybrid PC for consumers, the IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook, featuring a groundbreaking detachable screen. The IdeaPad U1’s unique design is engineered to provide consumers with two PCs in one device – each with its own processor and operating system – that work together and independently as either a clamshell laptop or a multitouch slate tablet.

“The IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook is a game-changing technology in the PC industry that lets user switch their PC experience within a single device to match their dynamic lifestyle,” said Liu Jun, senior vice president, Idea Product Group, Lenovo. “By fusing the functionality of a notebook with the slate tablet’s rich multitouch entertainment and mobile Internet experience, U1 provides consumers the freedom to choose the device they prefer for any activity.”

The IdeaPad U1’s fashionable scarlet red exterior has a footprint just smaller than a piece of notebook paper and is paired with an equally impressive 3.8 pound thin and light design. With its unique detach-and-converge design, users can easily remove the screen to instantly switch from clamshell mode into a multitouch slate tablet. When the IdeaPad U1 is in its traditional clamshell form, the system boasts an 11.6 inch HD LED screen and runs Windows 7. When the 1.6 pound, multitouch screen is removed, it becomes an independent slate tablet with a powerful ARM processor, running Lenovo’s customized Skylight operating system.

Two Brains are Better than One

Leveraging the benefits of both CPU, the two devices can synchronize to work as one with the ability to share battery power, 3G wireless, data and documents. In this way, the base laptop system can serve as a hub and docking station and the slate tablet as a mobile device. The two PCs have been engineered to work together and independently through Lenovo’s Hybrid Switch technology that enables seamless toggling between the two processors. For instance, users can surf the Web in laptop mode and then continue from the same point without interruption if they detach to tablet mode.

“Me Centric” User Interface Provides Instant Gratification for Today’s Consumers

Lenovo’s hybrid notebook also features a customized “Me” centric tablet interface for comfortable landscape and portrait viewing. Users can switch between a six-section display and a four section display. U1’s six-section screen display is designed to enhance the mobile internet experience by letting users easily multitouch access multiple Web-based applications at once such as email, calendars, RSS readers and social networking Web sites. The four-section screen display option is perfect as a media center on the PC such as photos, music, videos and to view/edit documents.

IdeaPad U1 Doubles Entertainment Fun

The IdeaPad U1’s laptop and tablet modes each support more than five hours of 3G Web browsing and 60 hours of 3G standby. In addition, the U1 comes with integrated video camera and two stereo speakers with integrated microphone with echo cancellation make this the ideal PC for users who need flexibility but do not want to compromise features or functionality.

Pricing and Availability

The Lenovo IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook will be available June 1, 2010 with an estimated retail price of $999.
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realneil replied on Sat, Jan 9 2010 10:38 AM

I guess that there are people out there that actually NEED this feature.

I think that for far less money, you can get far better performance from a traditional design.

With the extra money you can buy a Saws-All and cut it in half!

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Jan 10 2010 6:34 PM

It would be nicer, if that big red lid could flip around and snap to the bottom or something when you had the screen detached.

Still, it's an interesting concept.

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Not to mention you're packing two batteries instead of the just one. And you can get notebook where the screen swivels and lies flat like the HP tx2 series.

Cool design, but I agree, more of a novelty than anything.

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You know, now that I think about it, I wouldn't mind seeing this feature in the 12.1" or 14" laptops. The base could provide the extra power when the tablet is plugged in.

I wonder what kind of a connection they use between the base and the tablet, plus how much wear and tear could it handle?

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I don't mean to be a pain Gibbersome, but can you please use the edit button.  You seem to double post in every thread.

Back on topic, I think this is a pretty awesome design.  After all, the market is slowly swinging to touch computers and this seems like a very logical solution.  If you need to hit the road with less weight and little performance, then you grab the screen,  However when you're at home and need the extra performance, then you dock it back.

Going to what gib said about the wear and tear, I'd imagine it's as durable as the dock ports on modern business notebooks.  (Usually found on the bottom of the notebook.)  Can't say I have heard of them breaking or anything.

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Oops, sorry.

It might be when I reply to two different posts on the main page, it will show up as replies under their respective posts. But within the forums, it shows up as a double post.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Jan 19 2010 1:02 AM

I really like the multi app functionality on this unit. Plus it is energy centric as well to a point. Not to mention it functions as a tablet and a standard laptop so it's super multi use.

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Soupstyle replied on Tue, Jan 19 2010 6:40 PM

That is until the latch holding the tablet into the laptop casing gets loose or breaks then you have a tablet and a $200+ keyboard that you can't use.

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Lol, but at least you'd still have the tablet. I wonder if the tablet can be charged independently of the base.

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