Lenovo has been announcing several new Android tablets lately and it looks like they might be making another announcement anytime soon. The company has a new convertible android device that can be used as a laptop or a tablet and is called the Lenovo IdeaPad A10. While no official announcement has been made yet, its service manual, user guide and even Amazon posting can already be accessed online.
Unlike the company’s Yoga 2 model that comes with high-end specs and costs a lot the Lenovo IdeaPad A10 seems to be targeting the lower end of the market and is an entry-level device that uses a quad-core Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
- 1.6 GHz Rockchip RK3188 CPU
- 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display
- 1GB or 2GB of RAM
- 16GB or 32GB of storage
- 2 USB 2.0 ports
- micro USB port
- microSD card slot
- combo mic/headset jack
- stereo speakers
- built-in mic
- HDMI port
- 0.3MP camera
- 22.6 Whr battery
The device has two modes of operation. The first is the Notebook Mode which is suitable for tasks that require a keyboard and a mouse. You’ll want to use this mode when working on your presentation or word processing. The second is the Stand Mode which is suitable for tasks that requires little interaction. This is best used when viewing photos or watching videos.
The service manual also mentions that this device has a SIM slot which means that it will be able to connect to a wireless carrier.
Switching between the two modes is easy. Open it like you would a laptop to go to Notebook Mode or open the display as far as 300 degrees to go to Stand Mode.
At the German Amazon site the device is priced at €249 and has a shipping date of between 1 to 4 months. It’s still unclear if this device will be making its way in the United States.