Lenovo is placing a bit bet on Windows 8 and touch with the ThinkPad Tablet 2 and IdeaPad Yoga, but it’s pushing full steam ahead on Android slates, too. The company just launched three new Android 4.0 IdeaTab tablets, covering a wide range of screen sizes, prices and mobile processors. The 7-inch model, the IdeaTab A2107, is clearly going after the Nexus 7 with a unique FM tuner, while the 9-inch A2109 delivers quad-core power for a very cheap $299. Last but not least, the 10-inch S2110 lasts up to 20 hours with its optional keyboard dock.
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First up is the IdeaTab A2107, which sports a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display. A few things set this slate apart: it includes both front and rear cameras, an FM radio with built-in antenna and no need for headphones, and an optional 3G radio with dual-SIM support. (What, no 4G?) The IdeaTab A2107 runs on either 512MB or 1GB of RAM alongside a 1-GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, with 4GB, 8GB and 16GB models available. Micro-USB and -SD card slots should help with additional connectivity and storage needs when the tablet launches in November. No word on price yet, but with that low-res screen we’re guessing $199–or cheaper.
Like the IdeaTab S2109, the A2109 features a 9-inch display but it ups the resolution from 1024 x 600 to 1280 x 800 with a 16:10 aspect ratio. It’s powered by Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM, all of which are protected by a solid metal rear case. The IdeaTab A2109 only offers 8GB and 16GB storage options, but its micro-USB and -SD card slots are joined by a pint-sized HDMI connection. At $299, this tablet looks to be an outstanding value, although it lacks the GPS, FM and optional 3G radios found in the two other newly announced tablets.
The largest new Lenovo slate is the IdeaTab S2110. The 10.1-inch tablet is based on the IdeaTab S2 shown off at this year’s CES and comes with a 1280 x 800 IPS display that boasts wide viewing angles and 10-finger multi-touch support. Powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm chip and 1GB of RAM, the IdeaTab S2110 includes both micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports, though not an SD card slot; that’s made up for somewhat by the tablet’s larger 16GB and 32GB storage options. The rear camera on this model is the best of the bunch at 5-MP and 720p HD video capabilities.
Despite its bigger screen, the IdeaTab S2110 still boasts a ten hour battery life, a duration that’s boosted to 20 hours when you connect the IdeaTab S2110 to an optional keyboard dock. In addition to boosting battery life, the dock includes a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a touchpad with discrete mouse buttons… and that missing SD card reader. The IdeaTab S2110 will cost $399 when it’s released later this year, or $499 if you want the keyboard dock.