Lenovo debuts slim and light IdeaTab S2109 ICS Tablet
By Paul Ridden
June 4, 2012
Lenovo has announced a new addition to its tablet computer portfolio, that's said to have been configured for multimedia entertainment. The IdeaTab S2109 features a 9.7-inch IPS display for wide viewing angle, runs on Android 4 (ICS) and comes equipped with four speakers.
Lenovo has confirmed the screen resolution of the 9.7-inch, 4:3 aspect, 420-nit IPS multi-touch display as 1024 x 768 pixels, although at the time of writing it's claimed to be 1280 x 800 on the product page. In either case, it doesn't come anywhere near that offered by the new iPad (2048 x 1536), but it does have a few other tricks to show off. As a mobile music fan, I think that the most interesting of these are the four speakers to the rear of the unit with SRS sound enhancement and dual bass, that hold the promise of quality sonic oomph as well as a surround sound-like listening experience.
At the heart of the IdeaTab S2109 beats a Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core processor running at 1GHz, supported by 1GB of low power DDR2 system memory. The new tablet comes with either 8, 16 or 32GB of onboard eMMC solid state storage and a battery that's said to offer over 10 hours of use between charges and up to 30 days on stand-by. As well as micro-USB connectivity and microSD card expansion, the unit also sports an HDMI port for full HD output to a big screen TV.
There's 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS built in, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera that supports up to 720p video recording. At 8.9 mm thin and 1.27 pounds (580 g), it's thinner and lighter than Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 2, although the latter does sport a slightly bigger screen. The ICS operating system has been treated to a user-friendly Lenovo interface, and grants access to the Android Market and Lenovo App Store.
The IdeaTab S2109 is set for release this month, with prices starting at US$349.