The future of notebooks is somewhat bleak given the rapid development of the touch savvy tablets but Lenovo has other ideas. Lenovo has come up with a smart product that clubs the best of both worlds i.e notebooks and tablets in a unified device which has been christened IdeaPad U1 Hybrid. It is a device which has a notebook base with a detachable tablet atop. With the tablet intact, the device is a fully functional notebook and once detached it can individually function as a handy tablet to surf the web and perform some basic functions.
As an individual unit, the tablet runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon ARM CPU and the Skylight User Interface. The tablet has an LED backlit 11.6-inch display which also functions as the screen for the notebook when both units are clubbed together.
As a notebook the device shuns Linux for Windows 7 and some additional assistance in the form of a Core 2 Duo CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and an SSD hard drive (maximum of 128GB) chips in to make it a complete package.
The tablet can run individually on a single charge for 8 hours while the notebook (clubbed unit) is good enough for 6 hours. The base model of this package will be priced at $1,000.