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Lenovo plans 2nd-gen, slimmer LePad just months after first

updated 09:30 am EDT, Tue March 29, 2011

Lenovo plans quick LePad follow-up in September

Lenovo's chief Yang Yuanqing in a presentation at the Chinese IT Leadership Summit revealed that the company already has a sequel to the LePad in development. He claimed that the new Android tablet had been developed almost side-by-side with the original in a distinct group and was due to ship in September or October, as little as three months after the original's world debut. While CCIDnet and others at the summit didn't get most hardware details, the CEO promised a thinner tablet to compete with the iPad, not unlike Samsung's reactionary approach with the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

It wasn't explained how Lenovo expected to get significant sales of the original with its sequel just a few months away. The 10-inch slate's sub-$500 price may be its strongest attraction.

The LePad has had a troubled history at Lenovo. It was unveiled first as half of the IdeaPad U1 in January 2010 before being broken out as its own device. Lenovo had first tried to use its own custom Linux interface but ended up switching to Android. Delays beyond this ended up moving it to June this year.

Yang has seen having a tablet as vital to fending off Apple. Although he has argued that Apple was lax in China, not having an entry worldwide would have risked removing Lenovo from the modern market and let Apple dictate much of the conversation with the iPad. [via Engadget Chinese]





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  1. legacyb4

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    Joined: May 2001

    +3

    At least Apple...

    gives you the pleasure of using your device for a year before making you feel obsolete...

  1. Blairmc

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    +4

    ?

    So he's saying is that their super new tablet is c*** and another one will be coming out in a few months!

    Quite a salesman.

  1. OldMacGeek

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    +3

    Sad

    Come on guys! You just. Don't. Get it!

    There are very few people who care how thin your 'iPad Killer' is. If you're really think that competing on dimensions is the way to go, enjoy your no-doubt very short product lifecycle.

    People like the iPad primarily for what it does and how well it works. Try making your devices faster, better, and more usable. Compete on features, not depth.

  1. pairof9s

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    It comes free...

    When you buy a BIC Lighter 2-pack at all area 7-11 and Circle K convenient marts!

    /

  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008

    +2

    These companies are copycatting Apple like crazy..

    To only have a production run of a few months and changing the design must be a mess for factories. Short production runs are just money wasters. It's like they're obsoleting their own products in just a few short months. They aren't very confident about their original designs. They have to wait to see what Apple does and then copy them.

    It seems as if anytime the executives of these companies are asked why they're building tablets, the answer usually has something to do with beating Apple's iPad. They should be building tablets for the consumer to enjoy or something. They're always coming after Apple to prove they're just as good. Being copycats will always keep them in second place. I wouldn't be putting my bets on Honeycomb, for sure.

  1. Feathers

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    Unibloc

    One of the keys to Apple's success is the unibloc milling and manufacturing process which completely eliminates the traditional tool-and-die injection molding or cold-forming processes for plastic and metal. Apple can literally change the physical shape of a design over night with only the cost of reprogramming their machines. Significantly, the unibloc process is heavily patented which means that competitors are trapped in the more costly traditional approach to manufacturing. Granted, Apple have a higher up front cost in terms of buying the machines to begin with but once purchased, they can make anything, anytime. I pity the fool who tries to compete on this basis. iphonerulez is dead right when he observes that short runs and knee-jerk changes can only be expensive for the opposition.

  1. thebiggfrogg

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    LePad

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