Sure, we’ve spent a lot of time joking around about Shenzhen Great Long Brother Industrial’s pre-emptive iPad clone, the P88 (of which they are now suing Apple over), but China’s big legit companies are coming out with iPad competitors too. Case in point: Lenovo
Lenovo’s already had instances of exhibiting a suspiciously Apple-esque naming scheme in the past – remember the oPhone anybody? Now it’s got an 11.6-inch screened tablet featuring beveled edges, multitouch and the ability to read ebooks… called, the ideaPad.
Granted, the ideaPad (which started making appearances last month – seems, Lenovo’s not so big on keeping everything a BIG SECRET until its release) actually looks like it could be functional. That’s an understatement; it looks like it could be awesome. While normally stored in the form of a netbook with keyboard, which uses Windows 7 as its OS of choice, the screen snaps off and reverts automatically to an OS customized specifically for tablets called Skylight.
So you get, theoretically, a functional keyboard, more ports, the ability to multitask, a slightly bigger screen in a form that’s still skinny and sleek. Huh! This is an iPad-influenced gadget we can get behind!