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Lenovo hopes to compete with the big guns in the tablet market

While Apple may be dominating the tablet market, that isn't stopping its competitors from unleashing new fresh new products of their own. The latest to step into the fray is Lenovo with its new IdeaTab S2109 tablet.
 
The IdeaTab S2109 weighs in at just 1.27 pounds and is 1/3" thick. It features a 9.7" IPS display (1024x768) and comes packing a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 processor (1GB of RAM). Other features include HDMI-out (full 1080p support), four SRS surround sound speakers, and a microSD slot for expanded storage. Battery life is listed at a generous 10 hours.

 
"The IdeaTab S2109 tablet is an entertainment maven's dream device, boasting powerful processing and graphics for multimedia use," said Yao Li, Lenovo’s director of Innovation Product Operations. "The tablet's Ice Cream Sandwich OS and amped-up features give consumers something that will keep them conveniently entertained anywhere, anytime in an incredibly slim package -- whether they're consuming or sharing their favorite websites, books, videos or music. It's as nimble and convenient as toting a magazine, but it offers much more than the contents of one."
 
Lenovo says that the $349 IdeaTab S2109 tablet will be available in early June from Lenovo.com or in Office Depot stores.

Source: Lenovo



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By Arsynic on 5/30/2012 2:33:14 PM , Rating: 3
This price is at my sweet spot and I'll drop $350 on a Windows 8 RT Lenovo tablet.




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By Pessimism on 6/1/2012 10:35:29 AM , Rating: 2
You buy a Playbook with the exact same cpu and hdmi out for $199 and call it a day.




Whoa Lenovo
By Reclaimer77 on 5/30/12, Rating: -1
RE: Whoa Lenovo
By retrospooty on 5/30/2012 12:56:59 PM , Rating: 1
Nice... That and Lenovo has long been the absolute best quality in the computer industry... bar none. I am sure their mobile will be no different.


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By Souka on 5/30/2012 2:29:33 PM , Rating: 3
I'm very curios about the quality of the display.

At this price point I'm suspecting an average (at best) brightness, color range, viewing angles.


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By Samus on 5/30/2012 6:24:52 PM , Rating: 2
knowing Lenovo, they'll most certainly screw up the screen :(


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By Reclaimer77 on 5/30/2012 7:24:12 PM , Rating: 2
It has the same screen as the iPad2. 768p IPS. Not sure how they're going to "screw up" the screen.


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By Calin on 5/31/2012 9:40:39 AM , Rating: 1
It's the same resolution as the iPad display, but might have lower contrast, weaker backlight, it might not have the oleophobic coating that keeps fingerprints at bay, it might be unable to show as many colours as the iPad 2 (not to mention the new iPad), it might have bad lighting uniformity, it might be more prone to reflections, and so on.
Resolution and pixel technology do not a display make.


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By Reclaimer77 on 5/31/2012 9:37:16 AM , Rating: 2
All of these displays are made by the same 2 or 3 suppliers. It's not like Lenovo made this panel. The panel you're describing, one without those features, doesn't even exist in the real world. Weaker back-light? Seriously did you just say that? I don't know ANY tablet that has a "weak" backlight. In fact most are too bright and you NEVER have to turn them up more than halfway.

I'm not saying this screen is going to be amazing, don't get me wrong. But again, we're not talking about a $500 tablet either.


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By Souka on 5/31/2012 11:11:32 AM , Rating: 2
Try using a cheap tablet outdoors or in a room with windows...

Also, yes there are just a few suppliers of displays...but they make a number of different models. (think of a car manufacturer...lots of models)

Other things can make/break a tablet. A large gap between the display and cover glass is very annoying.

But hey, for many people they think it's the same display as the iPad2...1024x768 resolution.


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By SPOOFE on 5/31/2012 2:46:45 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Try using a cheap tablet outdoors or in a room with windows...

Cheap tablets that use TN panels, you mean?


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By theapparition on 5/30/2012 1:27:01 PM , Rating: 3
The only spec I see outstanding is the price. Otherwise, it's hardware is last year specs and rather uninspiring.

No HD screen, 1.2GHz dual core circa 2H 2011 (GPU is SGX540 @ 304MHz, if I remember correctly). I think you'll find a lot more for your money with the Asus 300T for $379.


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By retrospooty on 5/30/2012 1:28:27 PM , Rating: 5
The hardware in Lenovo. They build the best quality laptops in industry, talking low failure rates. Better than even the almighty Apple.

Specwise its nothing spectacular, but a great quality tablet with Android 4 at $350 looks good to me.


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By nafhan on 5/30/2012 3:07:02 PM , Rating: 2
Actually if the CPU and GPU is your main concern (and the info here is correct, OMAP4430), the Kindle fire has the same ones, and those can be found refurbed for about $170.

Lenovo's got a bigger screen, twice the RAM, and real Android; Kindle Fire can be bought for about half the price. Probably a nice tablet, I just don't see anyone buying it based on the info provided here.


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By Spuke on 5/30/2012 6:41:22 PM , Rating: 2
I take this for $350 over the Kindle Fire ANY day (and I have a Kindle Fire). Like you said, bigger screen, REAL Android, HDMI out, and MicroSD. Definitely going on my list.


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By Reclaimer77 on 5/30/2012 6:50:17 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Probably a nice tablet, I just don't see anyone buying it based on the info provided here.


Not everyone want's an iPad, you know?


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By nafhan on 5/30/2012 7:07:18 PM , Rating: 2
Ipad? I feel like this thing is overpriced. If I was getting a tablet I'd probably get a kindle fire or a refurbished Xoom. Definitely not spending $500 on something I don't need and duplicates the functionality of a few other devices I have.

A refurbished Xoom would have most of the advantages of this thing and you can find them for around $250 now.


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By Reclaimer77 on 5/30/2012 7:21:59 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Kindle Fire, it was a gift. And while it's decent enough for a $200 kit, it's limitations and lack of a mainstream Android build can be VERY frustrating. After using it for a bit, I think you would change your tune about this Lenovo. It's far more capable than a Kindle Fire, and there are no limits on what apps you can run.

And are you seriously comparing the MSRP of a new device to a "refurbished Xoom"? Come on, you can't be serious with that.

You know every damn time a product is announced on Daily Tech, the product Nazi's come out in full force to say why it sucks and that nobody should buy one because of competing brand X, or upcoming release Y. If we followed this argument to it's logical conclusion, consumers would be left with, at best, 3 tablets and 2 phones to choose from.

p.s. this isn't $500.


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By nafhan on 5/30/2012 7:49:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I am comparing it to the price of refurbed Xoom, because it's a comparable product that can be readily found for that price. You can find it refurbed because it came out over a year ago with similar specs.
The $500 came up because you said something about iPads.
Basically, I think they should be selling this thing for about $250, because that's where comparable products are priced (even new ones).
Note: I don't really care for the Amazon stuff, either. I'd pay $50 to avoid the Amazon stuff on the Kindle, but not $150.
quote:
You know every damn time a product is announced on Daily Tech, the product Nazi's come out in full force to say why it sucks and that nobody should buy one because of competing brand X, or upcoming release Y
So, what's your suggestion? We all agree take Bambi's advice and "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all"? Seriously, that's kind of the entire point of discussing products like this: comparing them to other similar products. Often those comparisons will be negative. Often you will not agree with someone's opinion. Neither of those are bad things.


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By SPOOFE on 5/30/2012 10:21:58 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
because that's where comparable products are priced (even new ones).

You're on crack.


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By nafhan on 5/31/2012 8:42:15 AM , Rating: 2
30 seconds of searching...
Newegg has a 7" galaxy (with the same soc) for $250 and the 10" Acer iconia for $300. Look more and you'll find better deals.


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By Spuke on 5/31/2012 11:49:06 AM , Rating: 2
Does that Galaxy have ICS? Also, what's the build quality on the Acer. How does it compare to the Lenovo?


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By SPOOFE on 5/31/2012 2:48:58 PM , Rating: 2
7" is not comparable to 9.7", and go read a review on the Acer before suggesting that they're representative of the non-Apple tablets.

They're not "comparable" just because they're both "tablets".


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By nafhan on 6/1/2012 10:32:12 AM , Rating: 2
So, you're incapable of comparing a 7" tablet to a 9.7" tablet? Hmmm. Between that and your (alleged) extensive experience with crack smoking, I think this might be more of a statement regarding your mental capabilities than anything else.

Here's a thought to chew on for today: you can compare any two things. The meaningfulness of the comparison will depend largely on what's being compared and the audience for the comparison. If your audience consists of people who insinuate that those with a differing opinions have drug abuse problems, you may be better off not bothering to make the comparison and should ignore anything they say, as those people are likely incapable of accepting opinions other than their own.


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By SPOOFE on 5/31/2012 2:50:09 PM , Rating: 2
Or maybe instead of 30 seconds of searching, all you did was 30 seconds of... smoking more crack.

Pipe down, crackie.


RE: Whoa Lenovo
By nafhan on 6/1/2012 10:16:51 AM , Rating: 2
THIS IS A CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENT +6


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