CHINESE HARDWARE OUTFIT Lenovo has revealed a flipping laptop that runs the Android mobile operating system.
The 10.6in machine comes with Lenovo's hallmark flipscreen, which allows it to be used as a laptop, tablet or touchscreen with stand.
The Lenovo A10 steers away from both Windows 8.1 and Chrome OS and boasts a 10 point multi-touch HD touchscreen display and a quad-core 1.6ghz Cortex A9 processor running a customised version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Also on board are stereo speakers and a 0.3MP webcam.
We're fascinated by this configuration. Up to now most Android powered laptops have been cheap affairs, and with Lenovo's last Chrome OS device being aimed squarely at the education sector, we will be interested to see how well this device goes down with consumers.
"With the recent explosive growth in Android-based, smart connected devices, customers are relying more on Android apps for both work and play. Why should they be required to switch and duplicate to use their laptop?said Lenovo VP and GM of its notebook business unit Bai Peng.
"Lenovo’s A10 brings ultra-portability and dual-mode benefits to Android users at a reasonable price."
Unfortunately, Lenovo has yet to announce what it considers a reasonable price, though with fierce competition in the budget netbook sector during a time of PC decline, we expect that a risky strategy like this will come with a risk-taker's, rather than early adopter's price tag. µ