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Lenovo Preparing “Convertible” Android Tablet With Intel

After making an appearance at CES 2013 with the IdeaPad Yoga 11S (shown above), Lenovo is reportedly planning to introduce an Android version of the convertible.

The IdeaPad Yoga 11S comes with an 1,600 x 900 IPS screen, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. Despite these great specs, the Yoga 11S measures only 0.68 inches thick and will run you $799 come this June.

Just in case you were wondering, Lenovo is not planning to introduce an Android-based sports car. Convertible tablets, or notebooks, typically have a screen that is connected to a keyboard. The screen is usually able to rotate 180 degrees and fold down over the keyboard, forming a tablet.

These transformers of modern technology have become more popular with the introduction of mobile operating systems (Android, iOS, Windows 8, etc). Although they may not have caught on as “the next big thing”, Lenovo is planning to build for the specialty market.

Industry sources recently told DigiTimes that Lenovo’s planned offerings will target the Android tablet segment, meeting Intel’s previous commitment to rolling out Android-based tablets through joint efforts with Lenovo”.

Lenovo has been trying to release an Android convertible tablet since third quarter of 2012 (codenamed mfld_dv10). However, the project had been continually delayed due to iPad and Windows 8 releases.

Do convertible tablets have a place in today’s mobile market? Would you buy an Android based Lenovo convertible tablet? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Totally would! Not exactly enamoured by Windows 8 tablets, and the walled-garden approach of Apple’s iPad/iOS offerings are too restrictive to allow the flexibility needed to make it a candidate to entirely replace a dekstop/laptop for business usage. Android, however, is a great smartphone OS, and is open enough to be used for a business-class tablet too. By making the tablet convertible, the battery life is potentially increased (by an additional battery the “dock” section), and provides a keyboard to bridge the gap between early-generation tablets and laptops, while retaining a light-weight and compact form factor to allow better portability.

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