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LePad V iPad…but who will win? China’s No.1 PC maker issues iPad makers with the ultimate challenge: try beating us in our home ground.

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The ubiquitous iPad, which sold over 12 million units worldwide, the first ever tablet of its kind,  sparked consumer appetites for ultra portable slate devices. 

However, Apple’s creation won’t float in China, declares Lenovo founder, Liu Chuanzhi.   

“They have fans all over the world. [But] the Lenovo brand is a powerful brand in China. 

I’m confident that we will give Apple more than a run for its money in China.”

And it appears the Chinese giant has now got its eye firmly on this sector as it seeks to grow its 29 per cent market share in its native country further. 

Earlier this year at CES, it premiered its dual function tablet, the IdeaPad U1 hybrid with LePad, a  hybrid of laptop and tab which integrates Windows and Android operating systems into one. 

However, although Steve Jobs’ company was first off the mark, Lenovo predicted the tablet boom last year when it first revealed its concept for the now-functioning IdeaPad with its laptop design with detachable slate.

“The tablet will assume a fairly dominant position among computer users in the future,” Liu Chuanzhi, Chairman and founder of Lenovo. 

 

And he’s not wrong with sales of the devices predicted to grow at a phenomenal rate. 

Next year, the Asia – Pacific region alone will account for over 52 million of devices bought, according to Ovum predictions, where Lenovo already holds the spot as top PC maker. 

Tablets on ‘lite’ OS, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab and BlackBerry’s PlayBook, also look set to rise.

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