Lenovo to release LePad by end 2010

Chinese group aims to compete with Apple's latest gadget.

Lenovo is planning to release its own tablet PC, internally called the LePad, by the end of this year to compete with Apple's iPad, company spokeswoman Wu Hwa said on Wednesday.

The Chinese company, which did not specify the launch date, said the name of the product may change later.

This year, Lenovo rolled out a smart phone called LePhone in China. Its strategy was to "win" in China before it began selling the phone abroad, the company had said.

Lenovo also believes that mobile internet hardware and services could account for 10 to 20 per cent of the company's business over the next five years.

The LePad is likely to combine ideas from Lenovo's Skylight smartbook and the IdeaPad UI notebook-tablet combination to create a new device that can compete against the iPad, reports Wired.