Lenovo Unveils 55-inch K91 IdeaTV Running on Android 4.0
Lenovo decided to play the surreptitious game when they first hinted at an impending Smart TV, or the LeTV as it was previously suggested, back in November last year. Anyway, you can safely take the guesswork out of the picture now. Although CES 2012 has yet to kick off officially, the Chinese firm has already flaunted a 3D TV with Internet capabilities at the imminent Las Vegas trade show. Officially branded as the IdeaTV K91, the biggest talking point about the 55-inch TV isn't about its IPS panel, but more about its Qualcomm dual-core Snapdragon APQ8060 processor and Android 4.0 operating system. Many have talked about convergence between smart phones and tablets, and perhaps the K91 will remind consumers that the possibility of integrating a HDTV with smartphone features is very real as well.
Available only in China for now, the Ice Cream Sandwich TV will also feature 8GB storage, 1GB RAM, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and an integrated 5-megapixel webcam. We understand that the camera can be used for parental content controls and face-recognition purposes. And according to SlashGear's report, Lenovo will deploy the K91 with a proprietary skin instead of ICS' native user-interface. Understandably, users of the K91 will also have access to Android Market, VOD services with HD content, pre-loaded apps, and the Lenovo Store. Other highlights include speech and voice recognition, as well as powering on the TV via Android 4.0's Face Unlock feature. Although Lenovo has thrown in a gaming controller, a more practical approach would be turning your tablet or smartphone into a secondary remote for the Internet-based TV, of which the IdeaTV K91 is also capable of. Pricing and availability for the rest of the world are yet unknown.