Lenovo’s 10-inch Tablet Due in June, May Cost Under $500

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We got a look at Lenovo’s “LePad” tablet at CES back in January when it was demoed as part of the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid system consisting of a detachable tablet that snaps into a notebook shell.

Next month, the tablet and shell will be available in China separately or as part of a package, but details on U.S. availability have been scant until now.

PCWorld is reporting that the tablet will launch worldwide in June.

It’s called “LePad” in China but a company rep told me that the U.S. version will take on a different moniker once it ships here. The tablet-only price in China that was relayed to me was equivalent to around $500, though PCWorld says that figure may be closer to between $399 and $449.

The tablet will feature a 1.2GHz processor and run Android version 2.2, which is a bit odd for a 10.1-inch tablet. Most of the larger form factor Android tablets coming out this year will ship with Google’s new made-for-tablets “Honeycomb” 3.0 version of Android.

PCWorld is also reporting that Lenovo will only say that the tablet is launching “worldwide” in June—”company spokesman Jay Chen couldn’t say which markets will be targeted.”

However, Lenovo’s rep told me at CES back in January that we’d see the tablet here in the U.S. “in the coming months,” so it stands to reason that the U.S. version of the tablet would be part of the worldwide launch in June.

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