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Lenovo IdeaPad U8 MID makes Olympic debut

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We’ve known for a few months now that the China-only Lenovo IdeaPad U8 release would hover around the Beijing Olympics, so it should come as no surprise that the new MID has just made its official debut there. Authorized by the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee, the 10.6-ounce device features an 800MHz Intel Atom Z500 processor, 1GB of RAM (up to 2GB supported), 6GB SSD, dual cameras, 5-hour battery life, and support for mobile TV. The CMMB (China Multimedia Mobile Broadcasting) USB dongle shown above is being used to provide users with free, live coverage of the Olympic games and can receive other broadcast signals as well.

First shown at CES 2008, the U8 is also connected to the hilt, with 802.11b/g wi-fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and EDGE connectivity, not to mention "3G network support and WiMAX Internet access" (according to the translated specs, anyway).

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The IdeaPad U8 is expected to "go on sale in the near future" with a price that’s considered to be "equivalent" to smartphones.

[zol.com.cn (translated)]
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5 thoughts on “Lenovo IdeaPad U8 MID makes Olympic debut

  • It looks like the crazy crossbreed of a Sega Game Gear, Mobile Phone and UMPC.

    I wonder if you can make standard voice calls on it..

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  • If this device can make regular voice calls, then sign me up because its showing its one step closer to allowing us to have a regular OS and the capabilities to make cell calls without having to carry two different devices all the time!!!

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  • very nice information about this portable device

    I just wonder will it be available here in Philippines

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