By Stephen Schenck | October 18, 2013 1:20 PM
There’s no shortage of Android tablets out there, and more than a few supporting official add-on keyboards (to say nothing of the generic Bluetooth keyboards one could connect to any model). But we haven’t seen a huge number of devices we might call Android laptops: those with their keyboards permanently attached. Well – not from major manufacturers, at least. Still, there’s been the odd model now and then, and we’ve even heard that Google might be planning to release such a device. Today we’re looking at a new Android laptop from Lenovo, the 10.1-inch A10.
To help differentiate it from a tablet, Lenovo has given the A10 a custom user interface as well as a file manager, bringing it more of a laptop feel. This “laptop mode” is complemented by a “stand mode” that engages when you bend the keyboard back around in order to prop the screen up, resulting in a more traditional tablet experience.
What specs Lenovo has divulged are pretty mid-to-low-end. That means a 1366 x 768 display and 1.6GHz Rockchip RK3188 SoC. Unfortunately, we don’t have specifics on the one bit of hardware that the benefits of a bulky laptop-style construction really have us curious about: battery size. All the manufacturer offers is that the A10 should be able to pull off nine hours of video playback, and we haven’t seen any clear mention of capacity.
Make no mistake: an Android laptop is going to be seen as a lot less flexible – and as a result, less desirable – than convertible tablets, and it’s going to have to be priced accordingly to find sales. Lenovo hasn’t shared A10 pricing just yet, but for its own sake, we sure hope it manages to keep things seriously low.