Tablets were everywhere at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. Lenovo uncorked a couple of fresh Windows 8-based convertibles, including one that draws from Intel's new family of lower-power Ivy Bridge processors. The firm reportedly has more convertibles on the way, and they won't run Windows. DigiTimes' sources say Lenovo is working on new notebook/tablet hybrids that run Google's Android OS.
Lenovo already makes an Android-based tablet, the IdeaPad A1107, but that's a budget 7-incher with a 1024x600 display resolution. The new convertibles will apparently be part of Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga family, which means they should feature keyboards attached via 360° hinges. Those hinges allow Yoga systems to fold flat, with their screen and keyboard facing outwards in a sort of inside-out configuration.
DigiTimes' sources aren't sure whether the new Yoga models will feature x86 processors from Intel or ARM-based designs from another firm. An ARM-based SoC would seem like a natural fit for an Android device, and Lenovo already makes an 11.6" Yoga with Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor. That 64GB system runs Windows RT and sells for $750 online. I wonder how much it would cost without the Windows license—or with the Tegra 3 swapped for one of Intel's tablet-optimized Atom chips.
Intel has been talking up Android x86 optimizations since last fall. While a few Atom-based Android smartphones have popped onto the market, we haven't seen the combo make its way to the tablet world. Running Anrdoid on an x86-based convertible seems a little wasteful, though. If the hardware is Windows-compatible and there's a keyboard attached, Android might not be the best choice of operating system. A dual-boot setup would be more interesting for such a device.
|1. BIF - $340||2. chasp_0 - $251||3. mbutrovich - $250|
|4. Ryu Connor - $250||5. YetAnotherGeek2 - $200||6. aeassa - $175|
|7. End User - $150||8. Captain Ned - $100||9. Anonymous Gerbil - $100|
|10. Bill Door - $100|
|Here's the second round of G.Skill prize winners from the TR BBQ||0|
|Gigabyte tops off its GTX 1060 series with the Xtreme Gaming 6G||3|
|The Wolfe external graphics dock joins the eGPU hunt||13|
|HBM3 and GDDR6 emerge fresh from the oven of Hot Chips||23|
|Fractal Design Dynamic X2 fans balance price and performance||7|
|MasterMouse Pro L adopts Cooler Master's modular philosophy||12|
|National Eat a Peach Day Shortbread||39|
|EK adds 140-mm and 280-mm Predators to its AIO liquid coolers||4|
|Google begins offering tasty Android Nougat to Nexus devices||41|
|I just want to take a sec to thank Intel for making Sandy Bridge so awesome that I could hold on to my CPU long enough to find out if AMD will be a vi...||+59|