When people think of laptops, Android isn't the first operating system that comes to mind, but the number of options continue to grow. The Asus Transformer series showed that a tablet and a keyboard packaged together nicely could prove to be more appealing than a netbook, and the more recent HP Slatebook x2 managed to feel more like a laptop and less like a tablet. Now Lenovo is ready to do its competitors one better by debuting an Android laptop that is more than a tablet packaged with a nice keyboard dock - the Lenovo A10, a convertible 10.1-inch laptop running Android 4.2.

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The Lenovo A10 is capable of folding backwards into a more touch-friendly easel mode. It has a 1366 x 768 display, a RK3188 1.6GHz quad-core processor, and up to nine hours of battery life. It won't appear on store shelves in the US, but when it starts popping up in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, it shouldn't cost too much more than a couple hundred bucks.

This announcement hardly takes us by surprise. PC sales have been less than stellar since tablets took their current form and Windows 8 failed to wow consumers, leading traditional PC manufacturers such as HP and Acer to turn to Chrome OS and Android as a way of remaining competitive. Lenovo's latest entry into the market wouldn't be shocking even if the company hadn't accidentally leaked its plans already. Twice.

Source: Press Release

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Oobiewan

    looks good although i still cannot really imagine what is this thing good for. What do you type on android besides mid-lenght e-mails and comments? Text editors are not close to the pc experience, and I don't think that a lot of work-specific apps have come out for android

    • David Loman

      I'm with you. Android, despite being a kick ass mobile OS, is still not up to replacing an OS you use for your every day work. I got myself the first Nexus 7 when it came out thinking it would help me with my job but I kept using my S3 instead in that time. Now I have a note 2 and I wouldn't think on buying a tablet. And for office work, I just can't think on using a tablet. Less when I'm used to working with two screens

      • Primalxconvoy

        I love using my note 2, too. I connect it to my monitor and keyboard and away I go!

        However, as I work in Japan, using a tablet, a phone or bringing my own monitor into work isn't seen as "acceptible", so bringing in a Trojan horse like this laptop/tablet for a few hundred quid sounds great. Even more so if I have to work and travel without having my own room.

    • PhoenixPath

      I'd probably use it to RDP to my work desktop while in meetings or on the road. Would probably work pretty slick.

    • Jeffrey Evans

      I can see Documents To Go or Kingsoft Office being used on this quite frequently.

      • Derail Doax

        I reviewed Office Suite Pro a couple years back and I thought it worked great for document creation. Only place I found it came up short was when opening the .doc files was that Word would use a new font and I would have to change the formatting. In fact I used Android to write full articles.

        • Primalxconvoy

          Me too!

    • brnpttmn

      This this "is good for" reducing barriers to entry in emerging markets:

      "It won't appear on store shelves in the US, but when it starts popping up in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, it shouldn't cost too much more than a couple hundred bucks."

      • StriderWhite

        It will be probably sold in Italy too..since when is Italy an "emerging country"?

        • brnpttmn

          I didn't say it would only be available in emerging markets.

    • Primalxconvoy

      I disagree. I use the pre-Google edition of Quick Office Pro to type lesson plans, schedules, letters to parents, make worksheets, edit and create pictures, surf the Internet, etc. I'm not sure why some people can't see how good Android is for work applications.

      • Oobiewan

        Well, it seems that based on your comments and the kinda lotta others comments saying that they can productively use an android device with a keyboard, it seems that there really is a big market for this, so it's probably my fault that i don't see the possibilities well enough.

        • Primalxconvoy

          I did need to adapt a bit too use Android for work, but my phone has replaced my 8 year old laptop.

      • RL010

        And still it will never beat a Laptop / Pc.

        Text editors are way beter, it's way easyer to download a movie, unrar and put a subtitle next to it. There's no good programme that comes near photoshop / paintshop pro. Android and other mobile software is good foor gadgets but for the real thing you'll always need a laptop or dekstop

        • Primalxconvoy

          I disagree. I have done all of the things you've mentioned via either my phone or ouya, with my phone either in my hand or connected to my monitor.

          In the future, Android and ios will evolve into even more refined versions and incorporate a much better desktop interface. The physical hardware won't matter.

          • RL010

            i disagree to you. I download for more then 40 GB a week and witth the small size of storage that's almost impossible to do on a pgone and tablet. Also tablet / pc downloads alot faster then a tablet and phone. it's also alot easier to extract a file on a laptop because you can drag and drop to a desktop or folder. That's an option Android doesn't have. The next 10 years an ;laptop / pc can't be missed.

            i'm also a android flash-a-aholic so i need for some devices my w7 to flash some stuff.

            So i think laptop / pc is at the moment alot easier to use then android

          • Primalxconvoy

            I have a 1 terabyte usb hard drive connected to my phone (via the Samsung smartdock). I either copy/cut and paste or drag and drop files to it via Solid Explorer. I've also downloaded hd movies just as fast as a pc via file downloading software, dolphin browser and utorrent, all from my phone.

            I just can't see your point.

          • RL010

            First of all torrents sucks. They are way to slow. Nzb (newsservers) are max download speed and and my N7 can't handle that speed.

            Second of all drag and drop on a laptop is way easier between 2 screens.

            thirt of all i don't want to transfer everything to an extrern drive (is to slow) . i want to stream it from my laptop internal drive and when i'm i finished with my series i delete it.

            For ME the pc works 100 times faster then a tablet or phone. And you NEED a laptop / pc to flash bootloaders and other stuff on an Android device.

            Browsing on a tablet is also slower then browsing on my laptop. Pages load faster and stuff. Tryed every browser there is, but there's still no browser as fast as a browser on a laptop pc. I also miss a desktop where i can drag and drop my stuff (no w8 tablets are not the solution)

            So i personaly prefer a pc / laptop over a tablet. I use my N7 a lot, but if i can only choose 1 then it will be a laptop

          • Primalxconvoy

            I'm sorry to say but (except for flashing, which I haven't done), I've had the opposite experience to your's. My phone browses faster than my pc (I was using firefox and chrome), it boots faster, is cheaper, etc. I also use it to play videos and music to my class almost every day with no problems.

            I will admit that mobile tech still has a bit to go in order to completely replace or attain the same user experience as a pc (adding text into this reply box is awful via my phone) but there are some areas it excels at and it's only going to get better (or people will adapt and not_care either way).

          • Wayne Peterkin

            I think that this is an apples to oranges comparison. I think it would be fair to compare android tablets especially such as this one to budget laptops of the same price range.

          • Primalxconvoy

            I agree but I think the comparison between (Android) mobile os and existing desktop solutions is only going to increase as we progress.

  • Arne

    I'd love to have a laptop like this, but 10" is really way too small for me to replace my current laptop. I hope they'll release a 13" variant one day...

    • Qliphah

      I'd just be happy if it didn't even have the keyboard, when are budget priced 10" tablets going to finally come out?

  • Zombirate

    Definitely sounds interesting but for me only if it becomes possible (via whatever method be it official or unofficial) to dual boot with Windows 8. Android for tablet mode, Windows 8 for both. :)

    • TheCraiggers

      It'll be ARM though, so it'll basically be Windows RT or whatever. Not exactly a full laptop experience in my book.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        At least MS Office would be available, so that would allow to do office stuff just fine, like making a presentation, then boom - save, sync to evernotey, boot into Android, and, let's say, Miracast it to a projector

        • Primalxconvoy

          Why not use an office app for android?

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Because you gotta have an Office 365 subscription
            I'd better use a free alternative such as Google Docs or something

          • Primalxconvoy

            I use an older, pre-google version of quick office pro. I don't need to subscribe to anything.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Oh, you meant office app overall, not the MS one. Well, because MS Office for Windows 8/RT is far better than any of Android alternatives. Just a plain fact.

          • Primalxconvoy

            I disagree. I haven't used ms office for any platform recently, but I used open office on my old pc and quick office pro for my Android device with only the usual problems people have when wrestling with office software.

      • StriderWhite

        Someone could port Ubuntu (or whatever Linux distro) to this netbook...

  • edjca

    Are those...the honeycomb on-screen buttons?

    • Matthew Merrick

      In a now extinct Honeycomb-style nav bar. With a Honeycomb style widget picker.

      TBH I think they just re used some ancient screenshots.

    • Udayan Banerji

      It is running Lenovo's custom skin. I think they are competing with Samsung in the " best pre-Jurassic era UI" competition.

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  • Elislurry

    2009 called, it wants it's resolution back.

    • StriderWhite

      come on. I'm writing from a notebook with a resolution of 1280x720!!

      • Gabernasher

        Was it purchased in 2009?

  • Mystery Man

    So this isnt like the Yoga its more like the flex? Or you just didn't show all positions

  • Dt Bell

    Suggestions for dual boot?

  • John Scott

    Its about like a Chromebook. Probably worse, because at least with Chrome OS you have a fairly stable ecosystem of desktop apps. Also, the drawback to these devices is the strange ARM processors which make a conversion to another OS almost impossible. Yea, their cheap and rightly so.

    • Primalxconvoy

      When I use my Galaxy Note 2 as a desktop pc, I find the apps for office, Internet, file management, etc more than acceptible.

    • ari_free

      Chrome OS doesn't have native apps

    • Wayne Peterkin

      Have you ever used chrome os? Can't even watch "certain" videos. And you are completely wrong. There are a couple projects porting ubuntu for arm just check the nexus 7 forum on XDA. And if u haven't noticed, the Samsung chromebook uses arm, the new HP Chromebook 11 also uses arm. The Samsung chromebook also wasn't stopped from running chrubuntu because of it's arm processor.

  • Asphyx

    I don't know but this seems like a step BACK from the design the transformer gave us...
    If they had made the keyboard detachable but could also be used as a touch friendly stand as it is here it would have been better...

  • Martin Cohen

    Where is the trackpad????

  • StriderWhite

    If only it was a convertible tablet...

  • Jack

    A laptop with no official Flash support? Pathetic and useless... oh no wait everything is html5 now isnt it....

    • Wayne Peterkin

      Install it urself

  • RL010

    Not for me this. I need my laptop (windows 7) for stuff that i can't do on an Android device. Stuff like flashen my Android devices and use tools like photoshop and grabit. Those thing aren't really easy on an Android device. So i think i laptop / pc will not die in the next 10 years.

  • Anders CT

    Great idea, bad implementation. Android is a promising desktop OS, but it needs better resolution, a bigger screen, smaller bezels, a faster SoC, a taller aspect ratio and much more.

    • Wayne Peterkin

      it's "budget" for a reason.

      • Primalxconvoy

        I think they meant generally and not just with regards to the hardware in the post.

        • Wayne Peterkin

          Yes but that is why it's cheap and still mainstream (using android instead of ubuntu). I don't understand, y don't they just not buy it if they think it's such a bad idea? For a simple web browser so I can do web assignments and starting on a paper quickly I think it's a good device. I wonder if they know that all the parts including the os that they want would cost a lot more


    My wet dream

  • Abdurahiman

    My lenovo ideapad a10 want to formate.because forget password.

  • Zainab Kapasi

    why doesnt the utorrent download work on it..???