Lenovo is reportedly working on a quad-core LePad (ThinkPad in other markets) tablet. This comes from a Digitimes report that credits upstream supply chain partners as the source. The news, if it’s true, is somewhat predictable as tablet makers move to dual-core CPU platforms. Lenovo has seen a fair amount of success in the tablet market thanks to its solid ThinkPad Android tablet. The Digitimes reports states that Lenovo has managed to steal a bit of market share from Apple, which is currently around 8.4% in Lenovo’s home market of China.
The report goes on to state that the upcoming tablet is set to enter mass production after the first of the year. With that timetable, a CES 2012 debut is highly likely. No other details were given including specs or price point.
With several large Android tablet players exiting the game, it creates a bit of breathing room for companies like Lenovo sticking with it. Android tablets will likely always take a back seat to iOS models, but there’s still money to be made and fans to be fulfilled. Lenovo’s first go at an Android tablet was a home run. With a solid feature set including an active digitizer stylus, IPS screen, and a great look and build, the company has solid foundation to build future models upon. I fully expect Lenovo’s next Android tablet to be a similar market leader.