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Hands-on: Lenovo IdeaTab S2110, A2109 & A2107 Android 4.0 Tablets

By Ng Chong Seng - 1 Sep 2012

Hands-on: Lenovo IdeaTab S2110, A2109 & A2107 Android 4.0 Tablets


Lenovo Announces Three Android 4.0 Tablets at IFA 2012

At IFA 2012, Lenovo has also taken the opportunity to expand its IdeaTab lineup with three new, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered tablets: the IdeaTab S2110, A2107, and A2109. We were on hand to take at closer look at them.


IdeaTab S2110

The IdeaTab S2110 is being marketed as a premium entertainment tablet. It measures just 8.69mm thin and weighs 580g. Lenovo has used an IPS (in-plane switching) panel on the S2110. The 10.1-inch screen has a 1,280 x 800-pixel resolution, and provides a wide 178-degree viewing angle. This is also a 10-point multi-touch display, so you can have two people playing a game on it at the same time.

Under the hood, the S2110 runs on a Qualcomm 8060A dual-core 1.5GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. Two internal storage capacities are available: 16GB and 32GB. For ports, we’ve a micro-USB port, a micro-HDMI port (for 1080p output), and a SIM card slot (for 3G connectivity). There’s also a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that does autofocus and has an LED flash, and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera.

Like many other tablets announced at IFA this week, Lenovo is selling an optional keyboard dock for the S2110. The tablet will last about 10 hours on a single charge, and this is doubled to 20 hours when it’s paired with the keyboard dock. Besides giving the user a full keyboard and a trackpad, the dock also sports two USB ports for connecting to peripherals such as a mouse or a USB storage device, as well as an SD card slot that accepts microSD and SDHC cards up to 32GB in capacity.

The IdeaTab S2110 is priced at US$399 (~S$498) and has gone on sale in the U.S.

From what we've seen, the keyboard's docking mechanism holds the tablet pretty securely. To detach, just press the button below the Lenovo logo and pull the tablet.

It doesn't look half bad when it's closed. Notice the 5MP camera at the bottom left.


IdeaTab A2109 & A2107

The IdeaTab A2109 has a 9-inch LED touchscreen that supports multi-touch, and has a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. This Wi-Fi-only tablet runs on an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. 8GB or 16GB of internal storage options are available. This is supplemented by a microSD/SDHC card slot that accepts cards up to 32GB in capacity. For ports, we see a micro-USB port and a micro-HDMI port for 1080p output to a TV. The tablet is also equipped with a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, stereo speakers with SRS TruMedia audio enhancement, dual microphones, and support for GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. According to Lenovo, the tablet will last about eight hours on a single charge.

The IdeaTab A2107 on the other hand has a 7-inch LED touchscreen which has a resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels. Unlike the A2109, the tablet has both a Wi-Fi and a 3G version. Under the hood, it runs on an MTK Cortex A9 1.0GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. 4GB or 16GB of internal storage options are available. Like the bigger A2109, there’s a microSD/SDHC card slot that accepts cards up to 32GB in capacity. The tablet also sports a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Other features include support for GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, a built-in FM radio, two speakers, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

The IdeaTab A2109 is priced at US$299 (~S$373) and is available now in the U.S.; the price of the A2107 isn't available at the moment. The latter will only be available later this year.

The 7-inch A2107 (on the left) uses a Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.0GHz, while the bigger 9-inch A2109 (on the right) runs on the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz.

The A2107 comes with a 2MP rear-facing camera, a pretty low resolution by today's standards. Lenovo is positioning this tablet as an on-the-go browser and reader.

It's a pretty plain affair at the rear of the A2109. At 3MP, the back camera is slightly better than the one found on the smaller A2107. Lenovo is also keen to point out that the A2109 has SRS sound certification.

Here's a side view of the A2109. This affordable Tegra 3 tablet is about half an inch thick.

For more details about these three new tablets, the press release can be found here.

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