Like most of its rivals on the PC and consumer electronics market, Lenovo was planning on joining the rapidly growing tablet market as soon as possible. However, some time ago, both the U1 and the Skylight, the two electronic prototypes that should have become the flagship products, were reported dead. Later, it was actually revealed that only their initial forms had been scrapped, and that they would still come to market, only with a better operating system, Android to be exact.
Additional details on those products haven't exactly appeared since. Lenovo did say the, since its researchers already have experience with the OS, the transition process to Android would be short. Nevertheless, the company has still not provided any sort of timescale, which means that vague speculations will have to do for now. On the other hand, a recent report appears to suggest that another item, or just the same tablet with a different name, is bound for China.
The slate that Lenovo has in store is known as LePad and will be the first of multiple mobile internet devices that its maker plans to supply the Chinese market with. Seeing how said market is on the rise, it makes sense that the PC maker would cater to its needs. Unfortunately, no information has surfaced on the hardware and overall performance yet. All that is known is that LePad will support e-mail and browsing, probably 3G as well. The report
behind this revelation doesn't have any hint as to when, if ever, said product will make it to other regions.
Company officials decided not to explain the relationship between the LePad, the Skylight and the U1. As it stands, it is unclear whether it will replace them or will sell alongside them. An exact date of arrival to market has also not been given.