When we first heard about Lenovo’s innovative tablets they were supposed to be running their own custom version of Linux. They have thrown out the idea and decided to go with Android instead.
The “Skylight” smartbook (above) is reportedly powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chip with 1GHz ARM processor core and was equipped with 10” screen (1024×600 resolution), 20GB flash storage, Wi-Fi, 3GB, and a keyboard. The “UI Hybrid” which has a detachable touch screen tablet, that while docked, runs Windows 7 and when you remove the tablet portion it runs the same custom version of Linux that the Skylight has.
Since it’s now being preloaded with Android we don’t know yet if it will keep this same setup or have the ability to dual boot Android and Windows 7 or if it will be all Android. Lenovo is now targeting Q4 as a release for their Android powered devices. Pricing for these devices is rumored to be around $499.
May 28, 2010
From Lenovo Sales.
After careful consideration of market conditions and user feedback, Lenovo has decided to focus its resources on building a family of next-generation mobile internet devices based upon open technologies such as (but not limited to) the Android kernel, similar to the Lenovo smartphone, which is available for sale in China now.
As a result of Lenovo’s strategic shift towards open standards such as an Android kernel based environment, the Company has shelved its plans to release the initial version of the Skylight smartbook that featured a proprietary Linux based OS.
Lenovo remains committed to working with our strategic partners to deliver innovative products in the growing mobile internet space, including the aforementioned smartphones and smartbooks, as well as exploring innovative new concepts that continue to “push-the-envelope” like the U1 hybrid PC.