Lenovo Ideatab A and S Series Tablets Slim Down, Offer FM Radio


Just in time for holiday shopping season, Lenovo is putting forth three new Ice Cream Sandwich tablets that aim to compete with lower price points. That doesn’t mean these should be labeled as bargain tablets – Lenovo’s new entries into their Ideatab line don’t sacrifice too much in the way of power or features to land at those lower prices.

The Ideatab S2110 is the flagship model – a full 10” model that can be converted into a PC with an optional keyboard dock. That said, the “true PC+ experience” Lenovo is touting can’t help but feel a little hollow, as it’s not a Windows 8 tablet. I’m not so sure that the Android OS can offer the same kind of PC experience that Windows 8 can. The display features a ten-point multi-touch touchscreen, and has IPS technology. An SD card reader expands the tablet’s internal memory. The S2110 also features a rear-facing 5 MP auto-focus camera with LED flash, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, a micro HDMI port, USB ports, 1 GB of RAM, and Wi-Fi. There’s no word yet on whether or not we’ll see a 3G version of the S2110. Battery life will be 10 hours, which will be bumped up to 20 when attached to the keyboard dock. It looks promising, but it’s hard to say for sure without knowing which processor is powering the device.

The A series includes the A2107 and the A2109. The A2107 will be the 7” offering, and will feature a micro SD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, 720p HD playback, and a built-in FM radio. Battery life is, like the S2110, estimated to be about 10 hours. Unlike the S2110, there will definitely be a 3G model available.

The A2109 might be the most intriguing of the bunch – a 9” tablet with some impressive horsepower and a 3G option. It will be powered by a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. The display provides 1200×800 resolution viewing, and 1080p output is possible using the micro HDMI port. There is a 3 MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera on the tablet, along with dual microphones. GPS, a micro USB port, and a micro SD card slot round out the features on what should be a promising tablet at its price point.

The powerful A2109 is selling for $300, while the larger S2110 is selling for about $400. The A2107 will be available a little later this year, while the A2109 and S2110 are available now.