CES: Next-gen iPad case mockup, Lenovo reveals iPad challenger

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in iPad edited January 2014
A Consumer Electronics Show exhibitor is displaying a sample case for the the second-generation iPad with a machined aluminum mockup of Apple's unreleased tablet that resembles supposed iPad 2 cases seen online, while Lenovo has announced its first tablet, the LePad, which will attempt to take on the iPad in the PC maker's home country of China.



iPad 2 mockup



China-based manufacturer Dexim is showing off the case, which sports a Bluetooth keyboard that uses magnets to stick to the front cover, Engadget reports. According to the report, the case matches purported iPad 2 cases that were spotted online last month.



Several models of cases for the upcoming iPad were taken down from the international trade site Alibaba.com after the site received a "legitimate takedown request" from an unspecified source last week. The leaked cases lent support to rumors that the next iPad will have a flat back and a larger speaker.



Dexim's aluminum iPad 2 mockup is slimmer than the first-generation iPad, with tapered edges reminiscent of the iPod touch and space for a front and back camera, as well as the space for the rumored larger speaker.











LePad



Lenovo revealed its first challenger to Apple's iPad, a 10.1-inch Google Android-based tablet called the LePad, to the press Tuesday evening. The tablet will run Android 2.2 and has a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Computerworld reports.



Leo Li, senior product manager at Lenovo, told reporters that the LePad will go on sale in China later this quarter for a price between $399 and $449. Overseas distribution of the tablet has yet to be decided, though Lenovo may offer a U.S. version that connects to the Android Market.



The PC maker also revealed preliminary plans to launch several other Android-based tablets in the U.S., possibly in the second half of the year, but declined to provide more specific details.



In July 2010, Lenovo CEO Liu Chuanzhi reportedly said that his company is "lucky that Steve Jobs has such a bad temper and doesn't care about China," noting that the company "would be in trouble" if Apple spent the same amount of effort as Lenovo on the Chinese consumer.



Liu's luck may have come to an end, however, as Apple has seen tremendous interest in its products since July. In September, the Cupertino, Calif., company launched both the iPad and the iPhone 4 to long lines, with fans lining up days in advance. Sales of the iPhone 4 by China Unicom surpassed 100,000 in just four days, with another 100,000 preorders to fulfill.



After opening two more retail stores on the day of the iPhone 4 launch, Apple now has a total of four stores in China, two in Shanghai and two in Beijing. In October, the company launched an online Apple Store for China, as well as a Simplified Chinese language version of the App Store.



Even with the addition of more stores and an online store, Apple has struggled to meet demand for the iPhone 4, iPad and MacBook Air in China.



Lenovo could be in trouble on its home turf, as analyst Brian White of Ticonderoga believes China is "in the early stages of catching 'Apple fever.'" According to a December check by White, the iPhone 4 still has wait times of around two months, while China Unicom has been unable to fulfill about a third of its preorders.

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  • Reply 1 of 41
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,502member
    Well... If I'm reading the guy's name badge properly, it looks like Thomas Wagner(??) should expect a nice little phone call from Apple!
  • Reply 2 of 41
    That can't be an iPad 2 because its dimensions are totally off. Totally. Is everyone missing that? I have an iPad, and that "mockup" doesn't look anything like my iPad.
  • Reply 3 of 41
    can't wait till the iPad 2 coming out.
  • Reply 4 of 41
    nvidia2008nvidia2008 Posts: 9,262member
    I'm lovin my iPad. Especially running jailbroken 4.2.1 untethered! Muah ha ha ha. No, I don't pirate apps.
  • Reply 5 of 41
    Apple has yet to flex it's software muscles.



    They could put the emphasis on software rather than functions. I hope they put iLife on the app store. It may update iWork for iPad2.
  • Reply 6 of 41
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,155member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ericdano View Post


    That can't be an iPad 2 because its dimensions are totally off. Totally. Is everyone missing that? I have an iPad, and that "mockup" doesn't look anything like my iPad.



    Perhaps it's just the perspective it seems about right relative to his hand size to me.
  • Reply 7 of 41
    "Le" Pad
  • Reply 8 of 41
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ericdano View Post


    That can't be an iPad 2 because its dimensions are totally off. Totally. Is everyone missing that? I have an iPad, and that "mockup" doesn't look anything like my iPad.



    It isn't an iPad 2, it's a mock-up based on the leaked dimensions.



    Also, even it was, why would you expect it to look the same as the iPad 1?
  • Reply 9 of 41
    blursdblursd Posts: 123member
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Lenovo preemptively announce a tablet last year just a couple weeks before the iPad was announced? It was supposed to have some kind of fancy dock that essentially turned it into a netbook/laptop ...



    LePad looks like a pretty good answer to the iPad ... too bad it probably won't stand a chance against the iPad 2. Think they would have learned from the past, or at least asked Microsoft how their similar strategy has worked for them the past ten years.
  • Reply 10 of 41
    bloggerblogbloggerblog Posts: 1,822member
    Isn't it funny how so many people and news media mocked the name iPad, and now that it became successful you get competing products named LePad and EePad?
  • Reply 11 of 41
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bloggerblog View Post


    Isn't it funny how so many people and news media mocked the name iPad, and now that it became successful you get competing products named LePad and EePad?



    sorry to burst your bubble, Lenovo had this name in mind when they originally said thye would eventually make it (before ipad name was known) last time i checked



    Lenovo is one of the few computer companies that actually.... INNOVATES!!



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    i don't think that new case looks real either
  • Reply 12 of 41
    drdoppiodrdoppio Posts: 1,132member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bloggerblog View Post


    Isn't it funny how so many people and news media mocked the name iPad, and now that it became successful you get competing products named LePad and EePad?



    It's not funny, it's sad. ThinkPad was an acceptable name, anything afterwards... well, we got used to it so we don't mind much. However, some more imagination in both design and naming wouldn't hurt.
  • Reply 13 of 41
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member
    They made a mockup? If these guys don't get done for breach of NDA I don't know who would. It's not just someone said this or someone said that, it's physical proof.
  • Reply 14 of 41
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nvidia2008 View Post


    I'm lovin my iPad. Especially running jailbroken 4.2.1 untethered! Muah ha ha ha. No, I don't pirate apps.



    Don't kid yourself. All us jailbreakers are pirates. Why, there's no other reason to jailbreak anymore.
  • Reply 15 of 41
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,863member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bloggerblog View Post


    Isn't it funny how so many people and news media mocked the name iPad, and now that it became successful you get competing products named LePad and EePad?



    Copiers do what they say they'll do.
  • Reply 16 of 41
    Hmm, I like the flat back on the new iPad. I didn't really like the rounded edges on that and the iPod touch since it never laid flat.



    I hope the next iPad is lighter, too. It has a lot of unncessecary weight, imo.
  • Reply 17 of 41
    res08haores08hao Posts: 114member
    Since this plastic piece of Chinese shit is not offered here, who cares? You really really don't have to report everything.





    SENT FROM MY IPAD
  • Reply 18 of 41
    CES, CES . . . ? OH, you mean that Copy Everything Steve show?
  • Reply 19 of 41
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Robin Huber View Post


    CES, CES . . . ? OH, you mean that Copy Everything Steve show?



  • Reply 20 of 41
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Robin Huber View Post


    CES, CES . . . ? OH, you mean that Copy Everything Steve show?



    Everything? I didn't realize Apple made refrigerators, cameras, televisions or dishwashers...



    Although I'd like to see them do that.
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