Lenovo debuts 10.1-inch IdeaTab S2 tablet, S2 smartphone [UPDATED]Alex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Hot on the heels of Acer teasing its Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Iconia Tab A700, the folks at Lenovo have unveiled an Android 4.0 slate of their own. Dubbed the IdeaTab S2, this slate is packing a 10.1-inch 1280x800 IPS screen, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, and Lenovo's own Mondrian UI. Other features include a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter, 1GB RAM, microSD card slot and a micro-HDMI port in a body that measures 0.34 inches thick and weighs in at 1.27 pounds. Expect it to come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flavors. Lenovo also revealed that the S2 will have its own keyboard dock similar to the one that belongs to Transformer Prime. The S2's keyboard packs in an additional pair of USB ports, SD card slot, and a battery to provide additional juice.
Lenovo also took the time to announced the S2 smartphone, which also happens to be an Android-powered device. This one's packing Android 2.3 Gingerbread beneath Lenovo's custom Magic 3.0 user interface, with a spec sheet that includes a 3.8-inch 800x480 display, 1.4GHz single-core CPU, 8-megapixel camera, 720p video capture, VGA front-facing camera, 512MB or 1GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB storage and a 1,500mAh battery. Lenovo also touted the fact that the S2 smartphone features a "unique Kernel-level security system" to help protect a user's personal data.
As far as pricing and availability go, Lenovo has yet to divulge any info about when either the S2 tablet or smartphone will be available outside of China, where the two devices are already available under the names LePad S2010 and LePhone S2. We'll be sure to pass along more details as we get them. Until then, you can find the full press release from Lenovo ready and waiting for you down below.
UPDATE: And just in case you'd like an idea of what the IdeaTab S2 looks like in the flesh, we've got a shot of it for you below. Check it out!
Four Screens Are Better than One with Lenovo’s New “Personal Cloud” Vision
Latest Product Development Links Gadgets in Pockets, Briefcases and Home
CES 2012, Las Vegas – January 8, 2012: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY), the world’s number two PC company, is flexing its innovation muscle at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show and beyond, to create a seamless digital experience for its customers across multiple devices, be it PCs, tablets, smartphones or Smart TVs. Lenovo recently unveiled its “Personal Cloud” vision, marking the transformation of the company from a “personal computer” manufacturer to a “personal cloud solution” provider that integrates hardware, software and cloud computing together. The Company's direction is evident in a variety of new products, including the IdeaTab S2, Smartphone S2 and K91 smart TV.
“Lenovo is breaking down the barriers of device differentiation and weaving together hardware, software and cloud services that are connected, experiential and dynamic,” said Liu Jun, senior vice president and president, Mobile Internet and Digital Home business group. “We understand our users need more than just the traditional keyboard and screen for a truly satisfying digital experience. Our Personal Cloud vision integrates all devices, from tablets to TVs, for a comprehensive mobile Internet experience anytime, anywhere.
IdeaTab S2 10 Struts New Specs and Multimedia Prowess
Thinner than its predecessors, the IdeaTab S2 10-inch is just one-third of an inch thin and, at a feather-light 1.1lbs, is one of the lightest 10-inch tablets available today. IdeaTab S2 features the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8960 dual core CPU and Android 4.0 operating systems to offer a better multimedia experience. Running Lenovo Mondrian UI, the user-friendly IdeaTab S2 10” displays customized content and includes easy access to the Lenovo App Shop and the Android Market for thousands of useful apps, such as Amazon Kindle, ooVoo, Angry bird and mSpot. Its detachable design, combined with a light keyboard dock, can deliver an incredible 20 hours of battery life, which is great for both entertainment and productivity.
S2 Smartphone Boasts Security and Photography Creds
The S2 smartphone includes the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon technology and Android 2.3 operating system. The device includes a unique Kernel-level security system to protect personal data, prevent phishing, and control network and SMS traffic. Users can also take advantage of its 8MP super camera to capture amazing panoramic photos on the go. S2 is also ready for the Cloud, and instantly syncs photos, music, videos and personal information with a dedicated online storage space for easy sharing across multiple devices.
K91—the World’s First Smart TV to Run Android 4.0 OS
As the world’s first smart TV powered by QualComm’s 8060 Snapdragon dual core CPU, the K91 is also the world’s first smart TV running the Android 4.0 operating system - which will revolutionize technology in the living room. Its smart “Sandwich” UI unites three major smart TV functions, including Video On Demand (VOD), Internet applications and traditional TV programs. The online HD VOD is tailored to an individual consumer’s viewing history, and delivers the best picture and audio quality with 3D FPR technology delivering flicker-free video on a full HD IPS panel at 240hz with SRS TruSurround. Internet applications include thousands of choices from the Android Market and Lenovo Store, including console games. Additional smart TV features include voice control with natural language processing and speech recognition technology, allowing viewers to use voice commands to control the remote. Video interaction is even possible with the built-in 5MP webcam, which integrates face recognition technology for security benefits and advanced parental control. With cloud support, consumers can access their favorite songs and videos with ease, share files between the TV and their tablet, smartphone or PC, and even control the TV via tablet and smartphone.
The IdeaTab S2 tablet, S2 smartphone and K91 smart TV are available immediately in China. Lenovo will be releasing these products worldwide at a later date. More information on these products is available at www.lenovo.com
Join Lenovo at the LVCC and the AquaKnox Restaurant in The Venetian During CES 2012
Lenovo has once again transformed the AquaKnox Restaurant located in the Venetian Hotel into the Lenovo Showcase during CES. Members of the press are invited to stop in to speak with Lenovo’s product experts and to see the company’s latest products across the Think, Idea and MIDH (Mobile Internet & Digital Home) lines. Additionally, Lenovo will have a unique product showcase for press in the Central Plaza just outside of the LVCC Central Hall. Those not attending CES can experience the show through video commentary provided by Lenovo executives and partners in Las Vegas on LenovoVision, Lenovo’s YouTube channel. Lenovo’s CES activities will also be promoted via Twitter using the #lenovoces hashtag.
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Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $US21 billion personal technology company – and the second largest PC company in the world, serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com.