Lenovo has introduced a $1,000 hybrid notebook tablet with a detachable screen.
The IdeaPad U1 offers users two PCs in a single device - each with its own processor and operating system - that work together and independently as either a clamshell laptop or a multitouch slate tablet.
"The IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook is a game-changing technology in the PC industry that lets user switch their PC experience within a single device to match their dynamic lifestyle," explained Lenovo spokesperson Liu Jun.
"By fusing the functionality of a notebook with the slate tablet's rich multitouch entertainment and mobile Internet experience, U1 provides consumers the freedom to choose the device they prefer for any activity."
The IdeaPad U1 weighs 3.8 pounds and features an 11.6 inch HD LED screen along with Windows 7. However, when the 1.6 pound multitouch screen is removed, the U1 becomes an independent slate tablet with a powerful ARM processor, running Lenovo's customized Skylight operating system.
"Leveraging the benefits of both CPU, the two devices can synchronize to work as one with the ability to share battery power, 3G wireless, data and documents," said Jun.
"In this way, the base laptop system can serve as a hub and docking station and the slate tablet as a mobile device. The two PCs have been engineered to work together and independently through Lenovo's Hybrid Switch technology that enables seamless toggling between the two processors."
It should be noted that the hybrid notebook also features a customized "Me" centric tablet interface for easy landscape and portrait viewing.
Indeed, users can switch between a four and six section display, with the latter designed to enhance the mobile internet experience with easy multitouch access to multiple Webc-based applications.