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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Is Lenovo preparing to release a new tablet in the US? Or is it a version of the “Le Pad” that is now being released in China?

So far, Lenovo isn’t commenting.

However, information filed at the FCC identify a tablet PC from Lenovo as the “Skylight.”

The new Skylight is listed as a “slate,” which means no keyboard – it’s all touch screen for commands.

The Skylight certainly resembles photos of the Le Pad, which were disclosed at a website in China on Wednesday. (Read more here.)

Skylight is not a new name for Lenovo. A year ago, Lenovo shelved plans for a “smartbook” machine named Skylight that would have featured a proprietary Linux operating system. The smartbook was designed to navigate seamlessly between WiFi and cellular networks.

Check out the photos and other information at the FCC.

So what’s up? We’ve asked Lenovo for comment.

“The Le Pad when it hits the US could in fact change names to Skylight Slate,” speculates Tablet World, “but Lenovo hasn’t made any official mention of such a move or of a product named ‘Skylight Slate” for that matter either.’”

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