Lenovo launching LePad tablet in June, LeAwesome?

We caught our first real glimpse of the Lenovo LePad, which couldn’t sound more oddly French coming from a Chinese manufacturer, at CES this year and we’re now hearing that it’s launching worldwide this June. The 10.1-inch tablet will sport Android 2.2 at launch, which is highly disappointing given the slew of Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets launching before and around the same time. It also has a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, which isn’t too shabby, but all the rage is with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processors this year.

However, pricing doesn’t seem like it will be too shabby:

Lenovo said the device would be priced between $399 and $449. But at the time, the company was still unsure whether it would sell the product outside of China.

Of course, Lenovo has decided to sell the tablet outside of China now some time in June (it will launch in China some time at the end of March). Unfortunately, specific markets couldn’t be determined, so we’ll just have to wait until early summer to see.

Lenovo said last year that it would hold off on making any tablets until Android Honeycomb was ready, so it’s a bit odd that this report says the company will be launching an Android 2.2 Froyo tablet later this year – a platform reportedly unfit for tablet use. Given the likes of the Motorola Xoom and LG G-Slate, it’s tough to say that this particular tablet will be successful.

[Via: PC World]

  • Android tablets have to fight on price. People will not pay more for a faster processor or more memory, they would just get an iPad instead. That is why Lenovo’s $399 to $499 price range makes so much sense.

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