In a somewhat bizarre, and confusing move, Lenovo has announced the A10. A 10.1-inch Android laptop running Android 4.2. Many of you have been calling out for an Android laptop in the face of Google's own Chromebooks however, Lenovo's offering doesn't present that good a laptop, Android or otherwise. There are few bells and whistles available here but, Lenovo is calling this a "dual-mode" laptop. That doesn't mean any of the Yoga style antics here however, as the A10 has "laptop-mode" and "stand-mode" which is pretty much what you think it is, giving you access to the device's touchscreen.
If folks were looking for the ASUS Transformer TF701 in Laptop form, the specs listed below will disappoint:
- 10.1-inch HD Touchscreen at 1366 x 768
- Quad-Core 1.6 Ghz RK3188 Cortex-A9 CPU
- 2GB of RAM
- 16 or 32GB of Storage
- 0.3 Megapixel "webcam"
- Stereo speakers
- Trackpad and Keyboard
- Android 4.2 with Lenovo's custom software
- Nine-hour battery life
Lenovo is staying tight-lipped about the A10 in a couple of areas, there's no mention of RAM in the Press Release, nor its battery size. However, The Verge seems to think there will be a maximum of 2GB of RAM available and Lenovo's Press Release details a nine-hour battery life. Android 4.2 is onboard with some customization from Lenovo, which include "an app launcher, task bar and status bar for quick, intuitive access to the app library and desktop, as well as convenient multitasking and app switching". As you might expect for a Laptop, there is a file manager included as well. The stand-mode sounds very similar to the tent-mode of Lenovo's Yoga series which gives you access to the touchscreen while keeping the device stood up. Lenovo states that the screen will flip 300 degrees.
Right now, there's no word on how much this Android laptop is going to cost but, with Chromebooks coming in at $200 from Acer and the new Chromebook 11 from HP for little more, Lenovo will have to watch their pricing. It's an interesting device for sure but, there's obviously the question of "Why not just buy a Chromebook?" Android apps aren't designed for use with a mouse and keyboard, despite support for both being in Android since 3.2. While Chromebooks can "only browse the web", the Web is designed for desktop use and Chromebooks are just as affordable.