If You Think The iPad’s Too Small, Hold On For Lenovo’s 23-Incher

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Lenovo's All-in-One. Imagine it lay your coffee table.

For those that find the iPad’s 9.7-inch display far too small, Lenovo is working on a 23-inch tablet designed for the home. William Cai, Lenovo’s senior specialist in marketing, said that he believes a tablet that can be moved from room to room, used on (big) tables, and be docked to provide an all-in-one, could be the solution to the “problem” of having multiple screens around the home.

We think that there is potential for a 23-inch tablet. We’d have to take care of battery life and we are working to get the weight down.

It’s obviously not for full mobility use, but it could be moved from room to room in the house and used with a full keyboard, or as a television. Or you could lay it on a table top and use it for family games.

We’re hoping that we can launch it later this year.

Hopefully Lenovo will change its mind before then. I’m not sure how big a battery would have to be to power a device of this size – maybe some kind of battery rucksack that the user wears to keep the thing juiced up for an hour or so is the answer?

While several competitors have tried to beat the iPad with smaller devices, or even slightly larger ones, Lenovo’s idea is certainly the most drastic attempt at producing a tablet unlike any other.

Maybe there is a place for a 23-inch tablet in the home; would you buy one? Could you see a use for a device like this, that provides any advantage over an iPad coupled with an iMac? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Itsalive

    stupidest thing I ever heard of, what planet or they on or should I say drugs

  • Don Pope

    They’ll sell a few dozen…tops!

  • Andrei

    SOLD! I’m a musician, and I want my library on my music stand, readable and anotatable (!)… Doctors, graphic designers, scientists? Apple, you listening?

  • Jim

    As bozomac pointed out, there are people who would use these. It might not be every person out there, but doctors, muscians, artist, and architects just to name a few.

  • gareth edwards

    For years I have been waiting for Apple to take designers back to where they came from, full circle, back to the drafting board. It seems like a natural progression of the flat panel, the flat panel as a surface, it ties in with the whole tough architecture that appears to be a big part of everyones’ future computing strategies so I think this is a sensible and obvious move.

    As always though it’s gonna be the mass market that drives adoption and I don’t really think it will get much traction in the next 2-5 years. Be interesting to see what they come up with though and how they see it fitting in the modern home (selling to a few musso’s and designers isn’t gonna make a market).

  • Gue

    “Lenovo’s 23-Incher”
    Some women will LOVE Lenove.

  • Guest

    Amazing. Some people never learn. Here’s a design-by-committee product if ever I saw one. By the time it reaches the market there will doubtless be caster wheels, a mixing desk, RAID enclosure and a fully fledged retro jukebox. Oh! and a coffee maker.

  • Mike Rathjen

    “Imagine it lay your coffee table.”

    My coffee table will insist on dinner and a movie first.

  • Thiswayup999

    I would like to have a Tablet about 17″ to 19″ and about the same thickness as the iPad. Would be great for reading Magazines and Surfing the net in Bed. The iPad is just a bit too small for the older crowd to read magazines comfortably. Even reading them one page at a time I still need to use glasses and have to frequently zoom in and out. The iPad is OK for books but a much larger tablet would definitely be useful to me.

  • BrndnPrkr

    You have to remember that this is a competitive planet. I’m neutral in regards of the iPad vs. the “Lenovo’s 23-Incher”. Making that statement, people also questioned the iPad, stating that it was a waste because it was nothing but a large iPod touch. Seems to be all the internet is talking about now. #justsaying

  • rmanke

    It’s already available from Apple. It’s called an iMac.

  • Mark

    Fail

  • Clayton Zimmerman

    I think this could be good if it ran Android. You could mount it on a wall and watch Netflix or connect a Bluetooth controller to it to play games. I’m sure it could be Hackintoshed too, because it will probably run Windows 7 in desktop mode. These are just average consumer uses too. Creative people could also make use of it all of the ways people already said in the comments. I think something around 15″ is the biggest a portable tablet can go. This seems fine for the home.

  • MoistPup

    This isn’t a terrible idea, except for the battery. I could see having this on a coffee table dock w/ built in speakers to replace the living room TV. Dockable at my computer desk with keyboard to be used as a monitor, or dockable on my dresser to replace the bedroom TV as well. it would probably weigh a ton though and be incredibly fragile for as much movement as it would see.

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