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Lenovo Targets iPad With 9.7-Inch IdeaTab Android Tablet

April 9, 2012

Lenovo is prepping a new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet called the IdeaTab S2109, which includes a screen similar to the one Apple used on older versions of the iPad.

The forthcoming tablet will have a 9.7-inch display, with a resolution of 1024-by-768 – just like Apple's older iPads, SlashGear noted. A video overview (below) of the upcoming slate indicates that it measures 8.9mm (or about 0.35 inches) in thickness and boasts a gunmetal-finish unibody shell.

The IdeaTab S2109 also has a 1.3-megapixel, front-facing camera for video chat, but no rear camera. It sports four speakers on the back, a micro-HDMI jack, a microUSB slot and a microSD memory card slot.

The IdeaTab S2109 will come with the latest version of Google's Android mobile operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The battery allows for 10 hours of runtime, Lenovo's video says. It will have access to more than 450,000 apps through Google Play, formerly known as the Android Market, and Lenovo's own app shop.

No word yet on the price or release date of the new slate. However, GigaOM speculated that it could be priced at or below Apple's $399 iPad 2 because of its relatively low resolution 1024-by-768 (4:3 aspect ratio) screen.

The new iPad, in comparison, has a 9.7-inch, 2048-by-1536 resolution Retina display. Most existing Android tablets, meanwhile, have 10.1-inch displays with resolutions around 1280-by-800.

Meanwhile, Lenovo earlier this month reportedly vowed to be the first to have a Windows 8 tablet. For more Lenovo tablet coverage, see the PCMag's reviews of the Lenovo Ideapad Tablet A1 and Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet.

For more on the IdeaTab S2109, check out the video below.




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