Android-Based Lenovo Skylight and IdeaPad U1 Later this Year

The Skylight smartbook and IdeaPad U1 Hybrid notebook are two new devices that Lenovo introduced not too long ago. When debuted, the devices ran on a custom Linux-based operating system. Since then this operating system has been replaced with Google Android and the devices are said to be shipping before the end of 2010.

With Google’s Android operating system gaining momentum in the smartphone market, it only makes sense to incorporate it into different devices. After all, that’s what Apple originally did by putting a mobile version of its desktop operating system, Mac OS X, on the iPhone. Lenovo’s innovative products that will incorporate the Google Android OS are the Skylight smartbook and the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid notebook with removable tablet display. Here’s a little background on the two devices.

Lenovo Skylight Smartbook

Touting the name of smartbook, which combines the features of a smartphone and a netbook, the Skylight was built with portability in mind. It is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, similar to the Sprint EVO 4G. Other Specs (subject to change) include:

  • 10.1-inch display (1280×720)
  • 20GB of Flash Storage (SSD)
  • 2GB of cloud storage
  • 8GB miniSD card
  • Two USB ports
  • 1.3-megapixel webcam
  • WiFi
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • Priced at $499

Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Notebook with Detachable Tablet

The star of the two devices, the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid transforms from a notebook to a tablet. The interesting feature here, if Lenovo doesn’t change it along with the Linux OS, is the ability to switch between two operating systems, seamlessly. This means that in notebook mode, the hybrid will run Windows 7. When the screen is detached, the hybrid would run Google Android. If executed well, this could be a killer feature, giving the user two completely unique computing experiences in one device. Though also subject to change, the specs are as follows:

  • 11.6-inch display that Converts into a multitouch tablet when removed from the notebook body
  • CULV Intel Core 2 Duo processor in notebook mode
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon processor in tablet mode
  • 16GB SSD
  • Priced at $999

Adding Google Android to these innovative new products could prove to be a perfect match. Hopefully, Lenovo will stay true to the release date of sometime this year.

Via Liliputing and Engadget

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