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CES 2010: Lenovo U1 Hybrid Notebook

- January 9th, 2010

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When we hear the word hybrid the first picture that comes to mind for most people is that of a car, truck or SUV – things like the Toyota Prius or the Honda Insight. But Lenovo, a technology company, has a different idea when it comes to hybrids.

Their IdeaPad U1 is the industry’s first hybrid notebook. No, it doesn’t run on gas, but rather it features 2 PCs in one device. For one, it functions as your typical clamshell notebook- almost reminiscent of the early Powerbook G3, but it features a detachable screen that has its own built-in processor allowing it to become a tablet when working solo.

Designed to be just as much of a fashion statement as a creative new device, it’s coated with a scarlet red exterior and has a footprint not quite that of a standard piece of letter sized paper. The screen is an 11.6″ HD LED display.  It’s thin, sleek and weighs in at 3.8 pounds.  When removed, the screen becomes a lightweight 1.6-pound tablet that runs on Lenovo’s (Linux -based) Skylight Operating System using an ARM processor. The main CPU however, will feature an Intel Core 2 Duo running Windows 7.

You can use the tablet in both landscape or portrait modes and users can customize the screen tablet interface to break viewing into 4 or 6 sections, allowing you to access various applications like calendar, email etc. totally independently. It also has the capability of sharing resources like the battery, 3G and data. In essence, according to Lenovo, the unit acts like a hub and a docking station with seamless integration. So if you are using the laptop to surf online you can detach the tablet portion and go - seamlessly without reboot, restart or refresh.

It’s quite an attractive unit and a nice piece of industrial design. In fact the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Notebook was awarded CNET’s Best of CES 2010 in the “Computers and Hardware” category.

The U1 is not here yet. In fact we’re not sure when it will hit the Canadian market and at what price – but for now, expect to see it in the US at the beginning on June for $999 US.

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3 comments

  1. Editor-in-Chief | January 12, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Doesn’t anyone proof read or edit articles anymore before putting them online? I know this article is classified as a ‘blog’ but that is no excuse. I can’t believe the number of errors I found contained within this article. Canoe must have very low standards.

    Greg, shame on you for not proofing your own article. I hope the paycheck reflects the quality of your writing skills.

    Errors found (error = correction):
    truck to SUV = truck or SUV (awkward sentence)
    Lenovo had = Lenovo has (mixing tenses)
    industries = industry’s
    does run = doesn’t run
    built-in process = built-in processor
    Design to be = Designed to be
    much as a fashion = much a fashion
    as creative new = as a creative new
    It thin, = Its thin,
    weighs in 3.8 = weighs in at 3.8
    1.6 pounds tablet = 1.6 pound tablet
    both landscape or portrait mode = both landscape or portrait modes
    sharing resources like battery = sharing resources like the battery
    seamless integration so = seamless integration. So
    you are usage = you are using
    and you decide to detach the tablet portion and go – seamlessly without reboot, restart of refresh. = you can detach the tablet portion and go – seamlessly without reboot, restart of refresh.
    While it’s , it is quite an attractive unit. = ??? Check your notes. I believe you left out something here.
    see it in the us = see it in the U.S.
    beginning on June = beginning of June
    It looks like the CES folks like the it. = ??? Like the it? You must have been rushed at the end because the article just fell apart in the last two paragraphs!

    Wow! 20 errors. Perhaps a couple of the corrections I made are arguable but I make no claims of being a writing genius, nor did I get paid to write the article. But if an average person like me can find these errors, what does it say?

    To be fair to Greg, Word 2007 didn’t catch any of these errors. But shame on Greg and the many others in this and other industries that rely solely on Word and similar programs to monitor and correct their grammar and spelling. It is a sad reflection of the ‘texting’ society we live in and a constant reminder of what is yet to come from our children who don’t even know what hand writing skills are because they are no longer taught in our schools.

  2. Greg Gazin | January 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Mr. Editor-in-Chief

    You are so right! I’m embarrassed and I owe you and all my readers a huge apology. I was in a workshop and created this post while in transit between sessions – not ideal conditions. And because it was new, hot and timely, I wanted to ensure it was posted ASAP.

    I also reviewed my original text file. It seems that the spell checker actually changed some words. Perhaps I was too quick to hit “accept changes”, which explains why the spell checker did not pick anything up.

    Sometimes these things happen. Nevertheless, there is no excuse. In future, to maintain our high standards, I will postpone an entry rather than rush it.

    Thanks for reading CanoeTech Blog and for bringing it to my attention.

  3. Editor-in-Chief | January 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Dear Greg,

    Apology accepted and please accept my apologies for my knee-jerk reaction. Re-reading my response I realize I came down on you too hard. A downside to my constant attempt to achieve perfectionism.

    I thoroughly enjoy your articles in the Canoe Tech Blog and visit this site on a daily basis. When I reread your updated article that included the missing piece about the IdeaPad U1′s availability in Canada I was disappointed. I do hope we will see this technology sooner rather than later. It is fascinating stuff!

    Keep up the great job!

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