Lenovo Introduces Impressive Laptop-Tablet Hybrid IdeaPad U1-CES 2010

Submitted by lalit on January 7, 2010 - 11:23pm.

The most impressive computer showcased at CES 2010 is without a doubt Lenovo’s IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook. It is industry’s first hybrid PC that has a unique design to provide consumers with two PCs in one device – each with its own processor and operating system – that works together and independently as either a clamshell laptop or a multitouch slate tablet.

The IdeaPad U1 weighs 3.8 pounds and has a unique detach-and-converge form factor, users can easily remove the screen to instantly switch from clamshell mode into multitouch slate tablet. When the IdeaPad U1 is in its traditional clamshell form, the system boasts an 11.6-inch screen and runs Windows 7 on Intel processor. 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.

In notebook mode the IdeaPad U1 offer up to 128GB SSD, up to 4GB RAM and when in slate mode it offers 16GB flash storage and 512MB RAM. Battery life is about 10 hours in notebook mode and 8 hours in slate mode with up to 60 hours standby. Connectivity offered by IdeaPad U1 includes WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, Ethernet, USB ports, eSATA and both VGA and HDMI video output.

Lenovo IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook will be available June 1, 2010 with an estimated starting price of $999. We have added two videos below from Engadget showcasing the IdeaPad U1 in action.