Lenovo Releases Transformer-Style Tablet/Netbook Ahead of CES

Lets not lie to ourselves Everyone knows that one of the coolest parts about Transformers was their ability to not only kick butt in their normal form but also to still be stylish once they morphed into cars. In perhaps some kind of bid to do the same, Lenovo has just announced its innovative new device just ahead of CES. At first glance, the device looks like another run-of-the-mill laptop, but dont be deceived, it is nothing youve seen before

Instead, the IdeaPad Hybrid is an 11.6 laptop running on an Intel Core 2 Duo U4100 processor, and believe it or not a detachable slate tablet running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon ARM CPU. Yes, you heard that right. If you feel like going stylish with a slate tablet instead of lugging around a fairly powerful laptop with (gasp) a keyboard, Lenovo has left the choice up to you. As a laptop, the IdeaPad still has all of the standard features intact such as built in Wi-Fi, VGA, HDMI, Ethernet, three USB ports, and a 4-in-1 reader. As a tablet, the device still sports a pair of stereo speakers, a microphone, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam. When it comes to battery life, the Lenovo IdeaPad can operate for up to 8 hours on a single charge and as a laptop, up to 6. As for memory, the main body will house a 128GB SSD and the slate tablet will don 16GB of flash.

Now if they could only make the display 3D capable, they might just have Apples rumored iSlate scrambling. Expect to hear some buzz about this as the 2010 Consumer Electronic Show begins today. For some great information on other great laptops check our online Editing Laptop Buyers’ Guide.

Daniel Bruns
Daniel Bruns
Dan Bruns is an award winning cinematographer and editor.

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