Lenovo may have ditched the IdeaPad moniker for its latest tablet, the IdeaTab S2 10, but it is sticking with Android and Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. Lenovo has also moved away from the bulky design of the IdeaPad K1 for a tablet that is “one of the lightest 10-inch tablets available today,” according to the company.
The Lenovo IdeaTab S2 10 will be a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 tablet with Lenovo’s Mondrian user interface. It will feature a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8960 dual-core CPU for what Lenovo calls a “better multimedia experience,” and 1GB of DDR2 RAM. It will ship with both Android Market access and the Lenovo App Shop for tablet optimized apps, and come with 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of capacity.
The tablet will weigh 1.27 pounds and measure just a third of an inch thick. For ports, it will have a 17-pin proprietary input that supports microUSB, microSD card expansion, microHDMI, 3.5mm audio input and a SIM card slot 3G data. It will also have a 1.3-megapixel front- and 5-megapixel rear-cameras with a rear LED flash. It will also support 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and GPS/AGPS.
Finally, Lenovo promises up to 20 hours of battery life when combined with an optional keyboard dock that offers two USB ports and a full card reader, similar to the ASUS Transformer dock.
Interestingly, the Lenovo IdeaTab S2 10, will not feature a quad-core processor like the ASUS Transformer Prime and many of the next-generation Android tablets. Perhaps Lenovo has a quad-core tablet in the works, and we will be sure to ask Lenovo reps about that when we meet with them at CES 2012. Also, we wonder if Lenovo will follow up its business-centric ThinkPad Tablet that ran Android and supported an active N-trig stylus.
The Lenovo IdeaTab S2 10 is now available in China, with a worldwide launch scheduled for the near future.
Check back soon for a full hands on with the Lenovo S2 10 Android ICS tablet.