Lenovo are to launch an Android based tablet called LePad by the end of the year, it has been revealed today.
Confirmed by Liu Jun, senior VP at Lenovo, the LePad is expected to run the Gingerbread build of Google’s mobile OS and will likely be an amalgam of ideas previously seen in Lenovo’s Skylight and IdeaPad U1 Hybrid.
Following a successful takeover of IBM’s PC division, Lenovo are increasingly becoming major players in the Chinese PC market. It’s a region where Apple have so far yet to infiltrate, so there’s a great opportunity for Lenovo to make good ground there over the rival iPad, despite the Cupertino tablet’s Hong Kong release this Friday.
Lenovo chairman Liu Chuanzhi has already expressed his relief at the fact Apple have thus far lacked major success in China. “If Apple were to spend the same effort on the Chinese consumer as we do, (Lenovo) would be in trouble,” he told the Financial Times.
By Gerald Lynch | July 20th, 2010