For some reason, at some point between last year and CES in January, Lenovo decided to use a new brand for its future consumer tablets. So it’s going to be IdeaTab this or IdeaTab that, instead of IdeaPad (which is the name that was used for the Chinese company’s first foray into the consumer tablet market, the K1).
The IdeaTab S2 was shown at CES, and now a new IdeaTab has emerged via a YouTube promo video. While stopping just short of doing us the favor of putting up a press release, this is coming straight from Lenovo’s YouTube channel. So it’s official and all that.
The lack of PR means we don’t know the entire speclist, but some things about the new Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 are being publicized through the video. Also, the folks over at Notebook Italia have a few details as well. So let’s dive in, shall we?
This tablet will have a 9.7-inch IPS touchscreen with 1024×768 resolution (just like Apple’s iPads). That means it gets a 4:3 form factor, which is rather rare in the Android world. That said, it might make a lot more sense for reading (be that books or text on the Web) than the 16:10 that’s become the ‘standard’ fare for Android tablets, and is more geared toward video consumption. Anyway, it all depends on what you’d primarily choose to use a tablet for. If it’s video watching, then the new Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 will probably not be for you. Otherwise though, this might be interesting.
Back to specs – the IdeaTab S2109 will come with a TI OMAP processor (we’re guessing a dual-core 4460 unit clocked at 1.5 GHz), 1 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio, 1.3 MP front-facing camera (and no rear camera, although how useful that is on a tablet is up for debate), SRS Trumedia sound system with 4 individual speakers on the back, microSD card support, microUSB and microHDMI. It will apparently have 10-hour battery life, and it will sport an unibody design (though it’s probably plastic) and a ‘gunmetal’ finish, whatever that is.
On the software side, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be running the show here, which is good. It also appears not to have been heavily modded by Lenovo, which might allow the company to issue software updates without much hassle. That said, Lenovo is among the worst offenders when it comes to delivering Android OS updates to its existing line of tablets, so we’re not hopeful that the IdeaTab S2109 will ever go past Android 4.0.
All in all, this is a pretty enticing package. Assuming, of course, that the price will be right (read: lower than its quad-core touting competitors). If so, Lenovo might have a neat and ‘different’ offering for those who aren’t into long and narrow tablets, or simply must replicate the iPad’s form factor without actually buying one.
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