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29 March 2011 :: 12:03:15 pm 52236

Lenovo Releases LePad in China

SHANGHAI, China – China’s major computer brand, Lenovo has launched its own tablet computer called the LePad, which is a direct competition against the increasingly popular Apple’s iPad.
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The LePad – powered by Google’s Android software – was launched in China on Monday at a Chinese-media only event.

The LePad will be sold directly to Chinese consumers this week at all Lenovo retail stores and it will be available for customers outside China by June, spokesman Jay Chen told Dow Jones Newswires. Pre-orders began on March 16.

LePad, which was first unveiled in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, has a 10.1-inch (26 cm) colored screen and connects to the Internet using WiFi or 3G telecom services.

In China, models equipped with WiFi wireless technology will carry a recommended price tag of 3,499 yuan ($533) for the 16-gigabyte version, the company said.

The firm said that it was pursuing the mobile Internet device business and established a special division – The Mobile Internet and Digital Home Business Group.

“The LePad is the first major launch since the business group’s founding, we are confident in it and will continue to enrich its product line with better performing products and a richer selection of styles,” Lenovo said.

Besides the iPad, Lenovo’s new tablet will also compete against gadgets from other major companies such as Dell, Samsung Electronics and BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion.

Lenovo, which bought IBM’s PC business in 2004 for $1.25 billion, was ranked fourth in the world with a global share of about eight percent, according to data from IDC intelligence firm.

Research firm Gartner estimates total tablet shipments will reach 54.8 million units in 2011, reducing demand for laptops and notebook computers.

Apple sold 15 million iPads last year, generating $10 billion in revenue and establishing the multi-tasking device as a “must-have” for many consumers.

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