Lenovo has finally unveiled it’s newest editions to the IdeaTab tablet lineup just this morning. They’ve announced the S2110, A2107, and A2109. All three of these tablets are supposed to cater do a different niche much like the latest Sony Xperia lineup. The S2110 will be sporting a Transformer like keyboard dock, while the A2109 will be coming at a extremely affordable price point, and lastly, the A2107 will be their 7 inch tablet to compete with that market. As you could probably have guessed, the IdeaTab S2110 will be the most versatile tablet of the three thanks to the keyboard dock accessory launching with it. The dock is very much like the Transformer series as it will be packed with a full size USB port and SD card reader, along with an internal battery that will double the life of the tablet from 10 hours to 20 hours. While the Transformer keyboard dock does not double the battery life, it does offer around five or six extra hours of battery life to the tablet. Other than that, the hardware on the device is pretty average:
- 10.1″ 1280×800 IPS display
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
- 1GB DDR2 RAM
- 16GB or 32GB
- microUSB, microHDMI
- 5MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front-facing camera
- Android 4.0
The IdeaTab S2110 is currently available for $400 without the dock for the 16GB model and an extra $30 for the 32GB model of the tablet. You’ll be able to bundle the keyboard dock with either model for an extra $100.
If you’re not wanting to throw down over $500 for the S2110, this tablet is fairly familiar to the public mainly because Best Buy has been selling it for a few days now. The 9 inch tablet will be coming at a reasonable price of $300. It’s hardware and specifications are fairly nice and I do think that the $300 is a nice price point for this tablet. Here’s the specs on the A2109:
- 9″ 1280×800 display
- 1.2GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor
- 1GB DDR3L RAM
- 8GB or 16GB storage
- microSD, microUSB, microHDMI
- 3MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front-facing camera
- 8 hour battery life
- Android 4.0
A lot of people just aren’t fond of 9 inch or 10 inch displays though. That said, Lenovo’s IdeaTab A2107 will meet all of your likes (and possibly dislikes) and will hopefully be cheaper than the previous two tablets. The A2107 is a 7 inch tablet and has some fairly decent specifications:
- 7″ 1024×600 350 nit display
- 1GHz Cortex A9 processor
- 1GB DDR2 RAM (512MB for Wi-Fi models)
- 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB storage options
- microUSB, microSD card slot
- 10 hour battery life
- Android 4.0
Pricing for this bad boy isn’t available as of yet, nor has a release date been announced. Lenovo, like Samsung, has simply said that it will be available “later in 2012.” The press release has some really good information on these tablets. The only thing is, I found that where they talked about the 10″ was pretty much the typical and standard information. That said, most of you are probably wondering what’s up with the 7 inch and 9 inch tablet. So, here’s what Lenovo had to say:
“The newest line of Ideatab products provides an option for everyone who wants to keep all of their favorite books, songs and movies at their fingertips, no matter where they go,” said Liu Jun, senior vice president, and president, Mobile Internet and Digital Home business. “Whether consumers crave a pocket tablet with 3G connectivity or seek a premium entertainment tablet for games and graphics, Lenovo has it, and at every price point.”
The Ideatab A2107 and A2109 are affordable tablets that offer essential entertainment, social media, and productivity capabilities—all protected by the same metal alloy roll cage inspired by Lenovo ThinkPad products.
At seven inches—the same size as a standard book page—the A2107 display is designed for on-the-go reading, Web browsing and email. The A2107 also provides hassle-free entertainment with two speakers, a micro-SD card, Bluetooth 4.0, a built-in FM radio, 720p HD resolution, and up to ten hours of active use. In addition to a WiFi model, a 3G version gives users anytime, anywhere information access and fast A-GPS capability.
With a powerful quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU and graphics card, the A2109 is an optimized entertainment tablet that features a 9-inch, four-point capacitive display with 1280×800 resolution, 1080p output via the tablet’s Micro-HDMI port, and two speakers with SRS TruMedia audio enhancement. At just 570g with a sleek metal shell backing, the A2109 also includes 1.3 megapixel front and 3 megapixel rear-facing cameras, dual microphones, GPS, a Micro USB port, and up to 16GB of storage with MicroSD card support up to 32GB.
Really from what I read, the 7 inch tablet is sounding really nice for portability while offering some fairly decent specifications. The Cortex A9 processor isn’t the best, but it is pretty decent if you’re grabbing the tablet for some basic usage such as social networking and marketing. It’s definitely not something I’d use for serious gaming on the tablet, but I’m sure it plays some games fairly smoothly. As you probably know, I like the high end games on the Android platform, so the Cortex A9 processor I don’t think will live up to the type of stuff I play like Dark Meadow or Auralux.
As Lenovo has said, the 7 inch slate won’t be out until later this year, so that’s kind of disappointing to hear as I am sure a lot of people that prefer that smaller screen will be a tad disappointed. It is worth the wait though, at least I think it is based off the specifications it packs. Not only that, but if you’re looking to get it for a child it also looks pretty great for that. The only thing is if it’s around $200 like the Nexus 7 is, you should obviously take a look at the Nexus 7 instead as that tablet really pushes the hardware limits with 7 inch tablets. It’s affordable, you would pay the same price and it’s from Google, so it’s guaranteed that you’ll get a pretty good warranty on it too if you were to get it for a child.
The one thing I am not so entirely sure about on the 7 inch slate is the one core processor it has. I mean, compared to a lot of today’s tablets, that is pretty weak for a processor. Again, if you’re using the tablet for basic usage, it’s a whatever kind of thing, but if you’re looking to do some gaming in the mix, this probably isn’t the tablet that you should be looking at. In fact, I would suggest shying away from it and getting the 9 inch tablet instead if you were to do more than just basic usage.
Anyway, these tablets are looking pretty cool and nicely designed. I really can’t wait to see the competition it’s going to bring to the market. The 10 inch tablet is pretty close hardware wise when it comes to the Transformer Pad. It is pretty obvious that they want to make sure that Lenovo is competing with ASUS with their optional keyboard dock that just happens to look a ton like the Transformer dock.
As for pricing and availability:
The Lenovo Ideatab A2109 and S2110 are available now with prices starting at $299 and $399 respectively. The A2107 will be available later in 2012. All products will be available through Lenovo sales representatives and business partners in the US.
Any thoughts on the tablet(s)?
source: Android Police