Lenovo LePad tablet and IdeaPad U1 Hybrid coming to India this year

Chinese computer maker Lenovo’s LePad tablet will soon by out in the United States. This announcement was made by the company’s chief executive officer Yang Yuanqing on Nov. 12.

LePad is a 10-inch device running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. It has 512 MB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory.

The device runs on Google’s Android operating system. An alternative to the Android OS that LePad could have used would be Google Chrome OS, which is a browser-based operating system that stores data and applications online. Lenovo decided to go with Android though, because Chrome doesn’t yet have a reputation for dependability.

The Lenovo LePad tablet will probably use the next version of Android, Honeycomb, which is especially being developed for tablet usage.

Lenovo is likely to introduce Android/Windows powered U1 IdeaPad and LePad hybrid in India sometime this year.

UI IdeaPad is a Windows laptop with detachable touch screen that functions as a standalone Android tablet called LePad. It was unveiled in China a year ago but did not materialize, and recently returned at Consumer Electronics Show with new OS in the form of Android.

Lenovo LePad features a 10.1-inch touch screen, 3G, front-facing camera for video chat, 1.3GHz Snapdragon in the LePad and 1.2GHz Intel Core i5-540UM in the U1 base, with an optional i7 available, up to eight hours of battery life, Android 2.2. Lenovo has customized the LePad slate with an optimized Android media experience on LePad’s larger screen size, starting with an attractive 4-pane easy to use interface and a distinctive Lenovo developed push service that gives you your email, news, and other content in real time, eliminating the need to constantly open a browser and log in.

LePad is expected to roll out in China by March.