Lenovo debuts slim and light IdeaTab S2109 ICS Tablet


June 4, 2012

Lenovo's new IdeaTab S2109 Android tablet features a bright IPS touchscreen display and four speakers with dual bass and SRS sound enhancement technology

Lenovo's new IdeaTab S2109 Android tablet features a bright IPS touchscreen display and four speakers with dual bass and SRS sound enhancement technology

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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.

Source: Lenovo

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2 Comments know i used to obsess over which one i wanted, they were developing newer tech and putting out new models so fast...then after owning three i realized that unless it shares the same OS and capabilities as your primary computer it's a lesson in frustration.

They're all too heavy to replace an e-reader, less functional than a 200 dollar netbook, and if you get a keyboard the price you pay would be that of a much more functional lap top.

My opinion would be to wait for them to equal a lap top and be priced below them.

John Parkes

Glad to see Lenovo getting into the tablet fray. Only Lenovo provide Apple level customer service after the sale and they have done a very good job in the past of filling in the user interface and setup and connectivity gaps with Windows 7.

The NEW iPad fully configured sells for $926 which is crazy for a tablet with its very limited connectivity, file sharing, and storage capabilities. The Lenovo has infinite as 32GB micro SDHC cards can be added as needed to access data files (images, music, documents, etc.).

It is about time that Samsung had a worthy competitor in the Android tablet market.

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