Lenovo today announced the industry's first hybrid PC for consumers, the IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook, featuring a detachable screen. The U1 has a footprint just smaller than a piece of notebook paper and is paired with a 3.8 pound thin and light design. In its traditional clamshell form, the system boasts an 11.6 inch HD LED screen and runs Windows 7. When the 1.6 pound, multitouch screen is removed, it becomes an independent slate tablet with an ARM processor, running Lenovo?s customized Skylight operating system. Using Lenovo's Hybrid Switch technology, the two PCs can seamlessly toggle between the two processors. For instance, users can surf the Web or watch a movie in laptop mode and then continue from the same point without interruption if they detach to tablet mode.
?Me Centric? User Interface Provides Instant Gratification for Today?s Consumers Lenovo?s hybrid notebook also features a customized ?Me? centric tablet interface for comfortable landscape and portrait viewing. Users can switch between a six-section display and a four section display. U1?s six-section screen display is designed to enhance the mobile internet experience by letting users easily multitouch access multiple Web-based applications at once such as email, calendars, RSS readers and social networking Web sites. The four-section screen display option is perfect as a media center on the PC such as photos, music, videos and to view/edit documents.
IdeaPad U1 Doubles Entertainment Fun The IdeaPad U1?s laptop and tablet modes each support more than five hours of 3G Web browsing and 60 hours of 3G standby. In addition, the U1 comes with integrated video camera and two stereo speakers with integrated microphone with echo cancellation make this the ideal PC for users who need flexibility but do not want to compromise features or functionality.
Pricing and Availability The Lenovo IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook will be available June 1, 2010 with an estimated retail price of less than $1,000.