Having features of both analog and digital computers, Lenovo’s innovative IdeaPad U1 showcased at CES 2010 is the world’s first hybrid computer developed for individuals.
It has two basic modes so users can switch between a full notobook mode and a 3G multi-touch tablet PC. They can do that by simply detaching the display part, separating it from the keyboard section, to use it as a tablet PC. Each of the two parts has its own processor and operating system, but can work together as one system.
Lenovo IdeaPad U1 comes in Scarlet Red and weighs 3.8 pounds. The multi-touch High Definition LED screen measures 11.6 inches in diagonal and the base system is Windows 7. The detachable screen is powered by an ARM processor and runs on the Skylight operating system developed by Lenovo, using the “Me” centric interface.
In each mode users can do tasks for up to five hours from a single charge, having 60 hours of standby time. Specifications include 3G connectivity, integrated video camera, two built-in stereo speakers, and integrated microphone with echo cancellation.
Lenovo will release the hybrid notebook in stores in June at a retail price of $999.