January 5, 2010
Lenovo’s IdeaPad U1 is schizophrenic, two faced gadget, in a good way
Now here’s something that could be something to look forward to this year, Lenovo’s IdeaPad U1. Why? Because this device isn’t just your run of the mill Windows 7 enabled laptop in a super glossy super cool shell. Nope, with the IdeaPad U1 you’re not going to be just another laptop/netbook user, you can also be a Tablet PC user. How? It’s quite simple; the U1 is a hybrid that is equipped with a detachable multi-touch enabled display that can be used independently without the shell or the keyboard. If you’re using just the screen, you’ll have a Qualcomm ARM Snapdragon processor that will be running a custom version of Linux at your disposal. As a made-to-match couple, you’ll have a little more in terms of specs like an Intel Core 2 Duo SU processor, 4GB of RAM (512MB in slate/tablet mode), two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI connectivity, a memory card reader, and a 1.3-Megapixel web-cam camera amongst others. The device is priced at about $999 and seems like a pretty good deal. I can’t help but wonder though, would you really need both?