Lenovo Releasing Android Convertible Laptop

Could Android get a foothold as a laptop operating system? That question comes to mind following word that Lenovo will be releasing an inexpensive, 10.1-inch Android laptop.

The model was revealed when its PDF manuals were made available on LenovoEUs Web site, apparently by mistake, and the publications divulged its Android lineage. The upcoming release has now been confirmed by the company. On Thursday, Lenovo spokesperson Chris Millward said that a formal announcement had been planned but, now that the cat is out of the bag, the company confirmed the model is headed for release.

The IdeaPad A10 features a quad-core Rockchip ARM processor, up to 2GB of memory, up to 32 GB of expandable storage, a 0.3 megapixel VGA camera on the front, a microSD card slot, a HDMI port and a HD touchscreen that folds back so that the device converts into a tablet. The keyboard has EUhome screen,EU EUprevious,EU and EUapps screenEU buttons, similar to the ones found on a variety of smartphones and tablets using Android. Reportedly, the model will retail for about $330, and will be available this month or next.

Frustrated PC Makers

While Android is the dominant operating system for smartphones, and it has achieved some modest success in tablets, its presence in laptops or desktops is rare. But computer makers, frustrated over Windows 8EUs slow adoption, are looking for alternatives. In June, for instance, Acer and HP showed all-in-one desktops using Android. Asus and Samsung have also shown laptop/tablet convertibles that run Android as well as Windows.

Avi Greengart, an analyst with industry research firm Current Analysis, noted that virtually every major PC maker, except Dell, has also been trying out GoogleEUs Net-based OS, Chrome.

EUIf you make Windows laptops,EU he told NewsFactor, EUthose sales are shrinking,EU and you want to grab hold of the growing wave...

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