In an interview with Dow Jones, published in The Wall Street Journal, Rory Read, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Lenovo, confirmed that the company is working on a line of tablets powered by Android Honeycomb.
Initially the company plans to release two 10-inch Android tablets, one aimed at consumers and the other aimed at business customers. Later this year the company says that they will be releasing a Windows powered tablet.
The first tablet to arrive will be the IdeaPad K1. Available in July, the tablet will have a 10.1 inch touchscreen, a Tegra 2 System on a Chip, a rear and front facing camera, USB as well as HDMI ports, WIFI, and will be available in 16 or 32 GB models.
Read said that “some of the early-generation Android devices were a little ahead of their time, and what we’re doing here is making sure [our tablets] are strong. We only have one opportunity to make that first good impression.”
During the interview Read also mentioned that Lenovo won’t have a smartphone in the North American market for another 12 to 18 months, and that tablets will eventually replace netbooks and make up about 15% of the PC market.
There are no confirmed details on pricing yet, though it is expected that these tablets should cost between $450-$900.