Lenovo to launch tablet PC

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Hong Kong, Jul 21: After Apple Inc's popular iPad, now world's No 4 PC brand Lenovo Group had decided to launch its own tablet PC.

Lenovo was developing a tablet PC, known internally as LePad, that would run on Google Inc's Android operating system.

"We want the tablet PC to be compatible with our LePhone smartphone, which is why we're using Android," said Lenovo spokeswoman Wu Hwa on Jul 21.

LePhone is Lenovo's smartphone offering in China, sold by China Unicom, which also runs on Android.

As the major PC companies look to diversify beyond laptop PCs that typically offer low profit margins, the tablet PC has already caught their attention of.

After Hewlett-Packard Co, Dell Inc, now Lenovo is also going to use it.

Tablet PC shipments are expected to grow by an average 57.4 percent per year between 2010 and 2014.

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