Lenovo LePad, another Android tablet pushed back

SONY DSCContinuing a recent and deeply disappointing trend among tablet vendors, yet another Android-based tablet that was announced with much fanfare months ago has been pushed back into 2011, and even that release date is up in the air.

Chinese tech giant Lenovo announced today that its entry into the supposedly crowded Android tablet market, somewhat absurdly named LePad (the company says “Le” means “Happy” in Chinese, but still the name just begs for a cheesy French accent), won’t be coming out in the US this December as they promised in the fall. Instead they are saying summer of 2011, maybe, depending on Google’s milestones, sort of.

The excuse that Lenovo is using should sound familiar at this point. They are mouthing Google’s now infamous statement about Froyo being wrong for tablets, stating that they will wait until at least Android 3.5, Honeycomb. Honeycomb is reputed to be optimized for tablets though in what ways no one knows as of yet. Google is also rumored to already be working on Android 4, codenamed Ice Cream, so if Lenovo needs it they have plenty of excuse fodder right up until 2012, courtesy of Google.

Of the supposed flood of Android tablets due to be released in the West this year, so far the Samsung Galaxy Tab is the only one to come from a major vendor and due to its price is likely poor competition indeed for Apple’s iPad. In fact it is looking more and more likely that the iPad will have no serious competition this holiday season, which means at this stage I would expect many of these tablets being delayed into 2011 to be canceled soon after the new year starts.

[PC Mag | Engadget]
Pocketables does not accept targeted advertising, phony guest posts, paid reviews, etc. Help us keep this way with support on Patreon!
Become a patron at Patreon!

Zealot Benmergui

Zealot is a former contributing editor at Pocketables.

Avatar of Zealot Benmergui

One thought on “Lenovo LePad, another Android tablet pushed back

  • I don’t blame them one bit. The power the cell providers have right now is atrocious. Suppose all the cell phone makers got together and refused to make anymore phones? How would the providers run their business then. It’s ridiculous how Samsung was coersed into removing the phone feature from the Tab. If the cell phone providers in North America have decided that they are not going to allow phone function on 7″ devices then why would the manufacturers make them. The public will ultimately decide which way it should be. Too bad Samsung is going to get stung by it.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *