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Lenovo Teases IdeaPad Windows 7 Slate with Digitizer

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Lenovo demoed its IdeaPad Windows 7 slate, which is as of yet un-named. The company wasn’t specific on launch or pricing at this point, and the early build we saw looked good with its orange backing. As a consumer-oriented Windows slate–based on its placement in the IdeaPad lineup–the Windows 7 slate offers a balance between work and play. Lenovo created a custom user interface, by way of its app launcher, which has two tabs with finger-friendly customizable shortcuts.

Those two tabs are separated between work and play. The work tab will provide users with productivity shortcuts, such as those for Outlook, though users can replace, remove, or add any shortcuts they want as they personalize the IdeaPad slate. The play tab is designed, as its name implies, for fun and for content consumption, such as Kindle e-reading with the Kindle app. Again, users can customize as they see fit.

Lenovo says that users wouldn’t need to see the Windows 7 UI unless they want to. The enhanced UI layer that is created helps to make the Windows tablet experience more conducive to touch with large buttons.

The IdeaPad slate comes with a digitizer, which is also pressure sensitive. This means that users can press hard to get a thicker line when in a drawing app, or press lightly to get a softer brush stroke or line.

The IdeaPad slate comes with a proprietary dock connector.

Unlike the LePad, which turns into a Windows 7 machine when docked in U1 Hybrid dock, the IdeaPad slate will be an Intel Atom machine rather than a Core i5 system.

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6 Comments

  1. Jonathan Alligood

    01/05/2011 at 10:00 am

    did it have palm rejection?

    • bluespapa

      01/06/2011 at 4:37 pm

      With the duo, active digitizer with capacitive touch, the computer turns off the capacitive touch system when it senses the proximity off the stylus. You can also manually turn off capacitive touch if you’re going to be writing for an extended time so it doesn’t switch back and forth everytime you move your hand away from the screen. So, yes.

  2. Anonymous

    01/05/2011 at 1:48 pm

    I wonder how much data sharing is possible between the two OS’s… Like is there space on the slate side that can be accessible/read by the windows 7 dock?

  3. Yogh

    01/05/2011 at 9:59 pm

    While the LePad has Android for it’s tablet experience I wonder if this custom Win skin could be used on it too. It would also be great to have an active digitizer with the LePad, but that’s just wishful thinking.

  4. Motmaitre

    01/30/2011 at 1:59 am

    Beautiful. And amazing that it will be at a sub-$500 price. If only it were available sooner than May.

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