Amongst all the rumors of tablets, here is finally some interesting news. The Ideapad U1 Hybrid Notebook was engineered to provide consumers with two PCs in one device and each with its own processor and operating system so that they work together and independently as either a clamshell laptop or a multi-touch slate tablet. What is equally impressive is that it is 3.8 pounds light and has a very 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 utilizes an 11.6 inch HD LED screen and runs Windows 7. When the 1.6 pound, multi-touch screen is removed, it becomes an independent slate tablet with a powerful ARM processor, running Lenovo’s customized Skylight operating system.
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. By now you should be drooling.
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 an integrated video camera and two stereo speakers with an integrated microphone with echo cancellation make this the ideal PC for users who need flexibility but do not want to compromise features or functionality. It will be available June 1, 2010 with an estimated retail price of around $1000. Check out Lenovo for more info.