Lenovo has confirmed that it’s working on a 10 inch touchscreen laptop designed to run Google Android. It’s called the Lenovo IdeaPad A10, and after we discovered product manuals for the device on the Lenovo website this week, a spokesperson confirmed to PC World that the IdeaPad A10 is real, and it’s on the way.
Pricing and launch date details haven’t yet been revealed.
Here’s what we do know: The Lenovo IdeaPad A10 looks like a netbook, but it features an unusual design that lets you push back the touchscreen 300 degrees so that you can prop up the display in a sort of kiosk mode. This lets you interact with the device as a touchscreen-only device without having the keyboard and touchpad get in the way.
But the IdeaPad A10 is not a tablet. The screen doesn’t fold back until it’s resting flat against the keyboard the way it would on a Lenovo Yoga tablet, for instance.
Instead, the A10 seems to take its design cues from the new Lenovo Flex family of notebooks.
The IdeaPad A10 features a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor and supports up to 2GB of RAM and up to 32GB of storage. It also has an HDMI port, VGA webcam, and a microSd card slot.
There are 2 full-sized USB 2.0 ports and a micro USB port, stereo speakers, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 22.6 Whr battery.
It’s expected to sell for around 249 Euros in Germany, which suggests it’ll likely cost $300 or less when it hit the United States. But we won’t know for certain until Lenovo makes an official announcement.
Do wonder how hard it will be to boot a Linux distro on there…
Still, once you have Quickoffice installed (with Google Drive for those GDoc files) it should turn quite usable.
If HP and Acer get onboard with this type of device it could (eventually) start being a problem for Microsoft.
Now for a 14″ model with DPI settings that make the larger screen real estate usable (smaller text, icons). Add the multimonitor and windowing enhancements people are demonstrating, pretty soon we have a solid alternative to Windows for large numbers of users that has a huge library of applications and a ready audience of trained users.
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