China to get first crack at Android-based Lenovo tablet

— 4:00 PM on July 20, 2010

Add Lenovo's name to the growing list of manufacturers prepping slate devices based on Google's Android OS. According to PCWorld, the ThinkPad maker plans to release a "LePad" slate before the end of the year. North Americans may have to wait a little longer to get their hands on the device, though. Wired says the LePad will make its debut in China, and Lenovo hasn't revealed when or if the slate will arrive stateside.

A few weeks ago, Lenovo Chairman Liu Chuanzhi told the Financial Times, "We are lucky that Steve Jobs has such a bad temper and doesn't care about China." Chuanzhi added, "If Apple were to spend the same effort on the Chinese consumer as we do, we would be in trouble."

The LePhone. Source: Lenovo's Flickr gallery.

Those comments appear to stem from a discussion of Lenovo's LePhone, which appeared in China earlier in the year and has yet to venture beyond the Great Wall. The Android-based LePhone has an interesting mix of elements, including an AMOLED display, a Pre-style dedicated gesture area, and extensive customization for the Chinese market.

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