We’ve seen plenty of laptop-tablet hybrids, but none of them running Android. But that’s exactly what Lenovo unveiled Friday, and it’s called the A10.
The device runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean that Lenovo heavily modified to provide both a desktop and tablet experience. On the tablet side, there’s an app launcher, where you can find all of your touchscreen apps. If you want to use the A10 as a laptop, you’d use the desktop mode, which has a Windows-esque taskbar where you can run and manage apps.
There’s also a file manager in desktop mode where you can access files, similar to what you can do in Windows or OS X. The A10 includes a full AccuType keyboard and touch pad.
When you flip that keyboard around and rest it on a flat surface, the A10 goes into “stand mode,” where you can use it as a tablet. Lenovo says the stable hinge and overall device design prevents it from shaking when you use it in stand mode.
The A10 sports a 10.1-inch HD 1,366×768 resolution touch screen display. The screen flips back 300 degrees to transform into “stand mode,” and uses the keyboard surface as a stand to prop it up. It also sports stereo speakers and a .3-megapixel camera for video chatting. It’s powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 ARM processor, with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Lenovo says it can play video for up to 9 hours on battery power.
At 0.68 inches wide (17.3mm), it’s thicker than Lenovo’s 15.5mmlaptop-tablet hybrid running Windows 8.1. However the A10 weighs only 2.2 pounds, which makes it lighter than the Yoga 2, which comes in around 3 pounds.
Lenovo says the A10 will only be available in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific countries. Stay tuned for more details on pricing and availability.