Lenovo Unveils a Trio of Dockable Android Tablets at IFA

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IFA 2012Lenovo has just announced the addition of three new Android-powered tablets to its IdeaTab line, unveiling the 7-inch A2107, the 9-inch A2109 and the 10.1-inch S2110 at the consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin.

Despite Lenovo touting these devices as “tough” in its press materials, the tablets are not ruggedized slates, like the ARMOR X7et from DRS that launched earlier this year, and cannot withstand extreme shocks and vibrations. Yet, the latest products rolling out from the Chinese manufacturer do boast some impressive specs.

With all three tablets set to ship with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) under the hood, the most notable of the batch is the IdeaTab S2110, which will pack a Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual-core processor and sport a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display. This seems to be a re-named device that Lenovo first showcased at CES 2012, as the tablet will feature the same 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter and optional keyboard dock as the S2 10 that the company revealed earlier this year.

Lenovo IdeaTab S2110Lenovo 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, while the tablet itself will house a micro-USB slot, a micro-HDMI port, a SIM card opening, and 1 GB RAM. Equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, the Idea Tab S2110 will come with 16GB of internal storage, with space to hold up to 32GB thanks to a multimedia card. Weighing in at 1.3 pounds, the slate will measure in at just 8.7mm thick and will have access to the Google Play store, as well as Lenovo’s own app shop.

Next on Lenovo’s new product list is the IdeaTab A2109, a 9-inch device that will sport a 1280 x 800 resolution display and will supposedly provide users with up to 8 hours of battery life. Powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, the A2109 will feature dual cameras, with a 3-megapixel camera in the rear and a 1.3-megapixel one in the front, and will pack 1GB of RAM.

Equipped with a micro-USB slot and a micro-HDMI port, the tablet will ship with 8GB of internal storage, though it will be expandable up to 16GB via a microSD card. Weighing the same as the S2110, the IdeaTab A2109 will be 11.65mm thick and will offer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity.

Rounding out the group is the IdeaTab A2107, a seven-inch slate that will run a MTK6575 Cortex A9 1.0 GHz processor. Lenovo’s latest offering will be sold in a Wi-Fi and 3G flavoring, with the latter packing 1GB RAM and the Wi-Fi only variant shipping with 512MB. With only a 5-point multi-touch display, the tablet will house a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution and will feature a micro-USB port and a microSD card slot.

Other specs are going to include a 2-megapixel rear camera, a 0.3-megapixel front camera and up to 10 hours of battery life, according to Lenovo. The smaller slate will weigh in at 0.9 pounds, with a thickness of 11.5mm, and will be available in a 4GB and 8GB iteration.

While Lenovo was eager to get the word out about its new tablets, the company neglected to mention prices or a release date for any of them.

Stay tuned on TabletPCReview for more news regarding these slates and all the updates from IFA 2012.



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