Lenovo unleashes three tablets and laptop line
Lenovo is showing off three new Android tablets and a new laptop series at IFA in Berlin starting Thursday. The devices include the IdeaTab A2107, 2109, and S2110, the A2109 became available for sale at Best Buy on Monday for $300.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the new devices.
The IdeaTab A2107 features a 7-inch display with 1024-by-600 resolution, 1.09GHz Cortex A9 processor, and your choice of 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB onboard storage. The device also features 1GB onboard RAM, microUSB, microSD card slot, 2-megapixel rear-facing camera, 0.3MP front-facing camera, RM radio with built-in antenna, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The A2107 runs Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, and will also feature 3G connectivity for both CDMA and GSM networks.
The IdeaTab A2109 features a 9-inch display with 1280-by-800 resolution, 1.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 8GB or 16GB onboard storage, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, microUSB, microSD slot, microHDMI out, 802.11b/g/n W-iFi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. The tablet weighs 1.3 pounds and is 0.45-inches thick.
The IdeaTab S2110 features a 10.1-inch IPS display with 1280-by-800 resolution, 1.5Ghz Qualcomm dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB onboard storage, Android 4.0, built-in FM radio, microUSB, microHDMi, 5MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. The S2110 weight 1.3 pounds, but it a little thinner than the A series at 0.34 inches. The S2110 will also come with a SIM card slot, but Lenovo did not specify whether the device was a 3G, HSPA+, or LTE device. You can also get an optional keyboard dock for that laptop-like experience with S2110.
New Lenovo laptops
Lenovo also announced new IdeaPad S-series laptops with screen sizes up to 14 inches starting at $499. The S300, S400 and S405 laptops are available with Windows 7, and an option of Intel’s third-generation Core processors or Advanced Micro Devices’ A-series processors. The laptops are eligible for upgrades to Windows 8 Pro on a later date for the discounted price of $14.99.
The thin-and-light laptops are up to 21.9 millimeters thick, with the weight starting at 1.8 kilograms. The S405 laptops can store up to 1TB of data. The machines are available in the U.S. starting on Thursday, and the company did not comment on worldwide availability.
Lenovo guns for Google’s Nexus 7
Google’s recent Nexus 7 tablet raised the profile of Android in the tablet market, which is dominated by Apple’s iPad. The Nexus 7 and IdeaTab A2109 have many common features including a 7-inch screen and a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. A 16GB Nexus 7 model is priced at $249, but with the same storage and $50 more the A2109 has a slew of other features that are not in Google’s tablet, including a 1.3-megapixel front camera, a three-megapixel back camera, a micro-HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface port) and expandable storage up to 32GB through a MicroSD slot.
However Google’s Nexus 7, which starts at $199 for 8GB of storage, comes with Android 4.1, code-named Jelly Bean.
The IdeaTab A2109 weighs 570 grams and is now available in the U.S.
Lenovo did not respond to request for comment on worldwide availability for the IdeaTab A2109 and on when its new tablets will run Android 4.1.
IDG News Service’s Agam Shah contributed to this report