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Hybrid Notebook/Tablet, Android-Style From Lenovo

Lenovo's 10-inch IdeaTab S2110 Android tablet is loaded with features and modestly priced. It competes favorably with Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, providing a 50% faster CPU. The optional battery-boosting keyboard/dock morphs it into a laptop-like device with multiple use-cases.

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 IdeaTab S2110 optionally morphs into a laptop-like device.
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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 IdeaTab S2110 is one of the thinnest 10-inch tablets.

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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 core1.7-GHz dual core
RAM 1 GB 1 GB 2 GB 2 GB
Internal flash 16 GB16 GB16/32/64 GB 16 GB
MicroSD expansion No Yes Yes No
OS Android 4.0 Android 4.0 Android 4.0 Android 4.2
Apps market Google Google Google Google
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
Video output Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes
GPS No Yes Yes Yes
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
Weight (ounces) 20 21 20 21
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.

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