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.