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Lenovo LePad worldwide in June, may be first 10in below $500

updated 10:05 am EST, Fri February 18, 2011

Lenovo LePad global in June for below 450

Lenovo's LePad tablet will ship outside of its home country in June for a price that could break the symbolic $500 mark, a representative said at the end of the week. PCWorld was told it would reach Lenovo's native China by late March but have a global release in June. The Android tablet would come in between $399 and $449, or as much as $100 below the iPad and possibly undercutting most other Wi-Fi only tablets.

It could be the first major, widely available 10-inch tablet below the $500 mark. Companies such as Samsung have had difficulty crossing the barrier even with seven-inch designs such as the Galaxy Tab. The 3G edition has cost as much as $100 more, and a Wi-Fi only edition has yet to materialize in stores even as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been made official.

The LePad has had a troubled history getting to market and has taken on increasing urgency for a company that now is concerned it might be overrun by Apple if it doesn't join in the mobile space. It first unveiled what would become the LePad in January 2010 and struggled with the design enough that, half a year later, it scrapped the one-time custom Linux OS entirely for Android. Plans to make it an inherent part of the IdeaPad U1 notebook were also shelved, turning the U1 into more of a companion.

The shift to mobile has been considered vital enough that Lenovo finally started a mobile division with smartphones and tablets both in mind.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'll give them this

    Unlike many of the other companies that have been announcing tablets, Lenovo is known for making good quality stuff.

  1. DeezNutts

    Joined: Dec 1969


    lenovo is good stuff

    The laptops they make are bulletproof for the most part.

  1. bigmig

    Joined: Dec 1969


    In other words...

    It'll have a lousy screen and cheap construction.

  1. samirsshah

    Joined: Dec 1969


    All power to Lenovo

    if they hit $400 for Wi-Fi only 10" Work tablet. I would not even mind $450 for "ThinkPad like" quality construction.

    Should at least have 1024x768 resolution, which is very important for heavy browsing.

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