Hybrid Notebook/Tablet, Android-Style From Lenovo
Category: Tablets, Photography, Notebooks
Move over, Samsung. Although Samsung's thin and light Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets have dominated the 10-inch Android tablet market for the past 18 months, there's a new kid on the block: Lenovo's IdeaTab S2110. How does it stack up? Is it good enough for work?
The S2110 runs Android 4.0 on a Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060A, which integrates dual 1.5-GHz ARM Krait cores, backed by 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB of flash memory. Other key features include a bright 10.1-inch 1280-by-800-pixel IPS (in-plane switching) screen, dual cameras, stereo speakers, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 6320 mAh battery.
Physically, the IdeaTab S2110 is one of the thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablets available today. It's also one of the most pleasant to hold, thanks to its textured non-slippery back. Also welcome are the use of industry-standard micro-USB and micro-HDMI connectors for its USB/power and video interfaces.
The company plans to offer 3G versions of the S2110, but is not ready to announce which wireless carriers will offer it. The higher-priced 3G models will also add AGPS to the tablet's feature set.
IdeaTab S2110 specs vs. competition
To find out how the IdeaTab S2110 stacks up against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets, and Google's upcoming Nexus 10 device, we tabulated all the key specs.
|Lenovo IdeaTab S2110||Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1||Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1||Google Nexus 10|
|Processor||1.5-GHz dual core||1.0-GHz dual core||1.4-GHz quad core||1.7-GHz dual core|
|RAM||1 GB||1 GB||2 GB||2 GB|
|Internal flash||16 GB||16 GB||16/32/64 GB||16 GB|
|OS||Android 4.0||Android 4.0||Android 4.0||Android 4.2|
|Screen (pixels)||1280 x 800||1280 x 800||1280 x 800||2560 x 1600|
|Front camera||1.3 MP||0.3 MP||1.9 MP||1.9 MP|
|Rear camera||5 MP||3 MP||5 MP||5 MP|
|Battery||6320 mAh||7000 mAh||7000 mAh||9000 mAh|
|Size (inches)||10.2 x 7.0 x 0.34||10.1 x 6.9 x 0.4||10.3 x 7.1 x 0.4||10.4 x 7.0 x 0.4|
|Price*||$340 (16 GB) |
$419 (32 GB)
|$350 (16 GB)||$500 (16 GB) |
$550 (32 GB)
|$400 (16 GB) |
$500 (32 GB)
|*Lenovo and Samsung prices from Amazon.com, Nov. 2, 2012|
The IdeaTab S2110 and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 run neck and neck in features. Here's a quick assessment of their relative strengths.
IdeaTab S2110 advantages:
- 50% faster processor.
- Higher-resolution front and rear cameras.
- Industry-standard USB/power and video connections.
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 advantages:
- Hardware GPS.
- MicroSD flash expansion slot.
- 10% beefier battery.
Clearly, both of these modestly priced 10-inch tablets have a lot to offer. Let's take a deeper look at what the S2110 can do.