January 9, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
Even though we are still a few hours away from the official start of the CES 2012, Lenovo has already thrown its fresh troupes into battle. With two new additions to its tablet line-up, the Chinese multinational technology company looks like it is getting ready to fight with the big guys in the coming year.
The first Lenovo tablet to be unveiled in Las Vegas, the IdeaTab S2, runs Android 4.0 and should attract some attention due to its high level of functionality. Being solidly built, robust, but also fairly elegant and stylish, the S2 comes with a detachable keyboard dock that should make it go into direct competition with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer and Transformer Prime.
Weighing in at 1.27 pounds, the IdeaTab S2 is powered by a Qualcomm 8960 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and features 1 GB of RAM. Sporting a 10.1-inch screen with 1280 x 800 pixels, Lenovo’s 10-incher should hit the stores in Q2 of 2012 for a starting price of 399 dollars (the 16 GB Wi-Fi only version). Oh, right, I almost forgot. The IdeaTab S2 should come with an impresive 20 hours of battery life when docked with the optional keyboard. Now tell me that you aren’t interested in such a gizmo!
Lenovo IdeaPad K2
The second Lenovo addition to the tablet market is the IdeaPad K2, a more stylish, but also snappier gadget. The matte textured exterior makes the slate elegant, but also easy to hold and grip, but what you should be interested in is what this slate has packed at the interior.
Powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the slate should compete head to head with the likes of the Acer Iconia Tab A700. The fingerprint reader, as well as the 8 MPx rear-facing camera, are very nice touches that make the tablet look and feel premium, while the number of ports and connectivity options are set to complete a very well-balanced gadget.
You get a full-size USB port, an SD card reader, WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G. However, there’s no HDMI port, which for me personally it’s a pretty important downside. The 10.1 screen is set to come with 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution on the other hand, which is pretty great!
No words on pricing yet, while in terms of availability, the tablet should start shipping sometime in Q2 of 2012.