Lenovo's IdeaPad U1 Hybrid coming soon for $1,300

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Lenovo's LePad/IdeaPad U1 was among the more interesting tablets revealed during last year's CES, and after a series of delays, the company is almost ready to launch the device. Set to ship sometime in the first quarter of 2011 for $520, the 10.1-inch LePad is a standalone slate that features Lenovo's Android-based LeOS, a 1.3GHz Qualcoom Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of flash storage, a 2MP camera, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G connectivity.

Since tablets aren't exactly ideal for productivity, Lenovo plans to sell the LePad as part of a more complete (and more expensive) package with the IdeaPad U1 base that start at $1,300. While that may seem pricey for a dock, the U1 is basically an entirely separate machine that offers quick access to a Windows environment and a hardware keyboard. Features include a 1.2GHz Intel Core i5-540UM processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 320GB of storage, and Windows 7 Home Premium.

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