Laptops are dying, their sales have slumped and it appears tablets are taking over their spot. A huge percentage of tablets and phablets in the market run Android OS and Lenovo, one of the most popular and prosperous laptop manufacturers of the yester years, is gambling with a laptop running Android OS. The company has finally made official the Lenovo IdeaPad A10, a 10 inch laptop, complete with attached keyboard that will ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box.
This is not the first time we are hearing of this laptop, its existence was accidentally leaked http://thedroidguy.com/2013/10/lenovo-ideapad-a10-convertible-android-laptop-gets-leaked/ earlier this month when service manuals were accidentally posted on Lenovo’s website. However, this still comes as a surprise because many of us thought Lenovo would come up with a laptop-tablet hybrid, possibly like Samsung’s Ativ Q hybrid tablet. The company has announced the first Android laptop and it has quite some decent specs.
Here are the core specs of the Lenovo IdeaPad A10:
Processor: Quad-Core 1.6 Ghz Rockchip RK3188 RK3188 Cortex-A9
Operating System: Android 4.2 (with custom software by Lenovo)
Display: 10.1 inch 1366 x 768 HD Touchscreen
Memory: 2 GB RAM and choice of 16 or 32 GB internal Storage with microSD card slot
Camera(s): 0.3 Megapixel front camera for video calls
Others: Stereo speakers, Keyboard and Trackpad, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, mic/headset jack combo, built-in mic, HDMI port, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Battery: Unspecified, possibly 22.6 Whr (promises nine hours of use per charge)
Could the Lenovo A10 a sign of how the future of Android is going to be? Because the laptop is powered by a quad-core Cortex-A9 processor, it offers high processing speeds and large 2 GB RAM but the battery consumption is low enough to keep the laptop playing videos continuously for up to 9 hours per charge.
Because it is a laptop and not a tablet, the A10 comes with two modes that Lenovo proudly calls ‘dual-mode’: the ‘laptop mode’ and which is actually just customized Lenovo interface on the screen to act as an app launcher and display the status bar and task bar for easy, fast and friendly access to the desktop and the app library. It also has a file manager that Lenovo says ‘makes it easy to locate and manage a library of documents, videos and music’. This mode also lets the user use the full-sized laptop although since it is a touchscreen, there is the option to enter on the touchscreen or by using the standard Android input options including voice and handwriting. The laptop also has a ‘stand mode’ optimized for touch apps and for entertainment.
The Lenovo IdeaPad A10 will most likely be a stiff competition to hybrids such as the recently launched ASUS Transformer TF701 tablet with a dock which equally has commendable specs and Samsung’s Ativ Q just to name a few. Whether the world will adopt Android laptops, which could cost more but provide greater flexibility, is still a guess. Lenovo has tried something new and joins Acer which has already launched an Android All-In-One PC (read about it here) and this is a step in the right generation. We just have to wait for the company to announce the release dates, pricing and availability information ‘soon’.
Will you be getting or would you recommend the Lenovo IdeaPad A10 Android tablet to a friend?