Lenovo LePad Now Accepting Pre-Orders in China Starting Today, Ships Early April

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    Lenovo has started to accept pre-orders for the Lenovo LePad via Lenovo China. Lenovo sales representatives mention a tentative early April release date.

    Lenovo is the third major notebook manufacturer to come to market with an Android tablet device, with Dell being the first, and Toshiba being the second. Lenovo was fourth in global PC shipments worldwide in 2010 (Financial Times). These three manufacturers accounted for more than 25% of all global PC shipments worldwide, or about 100 million units shipped. Lenovo's venture into the Android tablet market has great significance given its large global retail footprint.

    For 3500RMB ($530USD), the Lepad will comes with a hardware keyboard dock, a touchscreen protector, a protective back-cover, and a carrying pouch when ordering directly from the Lenovo webstore. Currently, only the white and red wifi-only variants are available. The hybrid docking station that was expected to transform the device into a hybrid Windows PC and Android tablet is not yet listed for order.


    The LePad includes the LeOS 2.0 based on Android 2.2, 10.1-in capacitive multitouch display with a resolution of 1280x800, a front facing 2.0MP camera, bluetooth 2.1, wifi bgn, g-sensor, light sensor, 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8650a Cortex A8 processor, 16GB onboard ROM, dual speakers, and Lenovo's proprietary app market.

    The device comes shipped with more than 40 popular applications such as Chinese versions of popular games including Angry Birds, Plants vs Zombies, Fruit Ninja, Asphalt 5, Sohu video, Taobao, Microblogging, Youku video, QQ Dou Di Zhu. Google mobile application support for Google Market, Youtube, and Gmail seem to be missing, as they are not listed as features on the main page, and sales staff were unaware of the features on the LePad on sale.

    With the iPad's uncompetitive pricing in China, the Lenovo is receiving an overwhelming quantity of inquiries. It should see much success in Chinese markets given the lack of competition in the market, but it may have limited appeal for international customers even with internationally localized variants with the pending launches of various competitive Android tablets in the next month.

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