ICS on your TV? Lenovo’s new Android 4.0 Smart TV now available for pre-order

April 12, 2012

When you think Android, your mind probably drifts to mobile phones and tablets. We have seen a few unique applications of the Android platform before, but Google’s OS is slowly becoming a big part of another mainstream device, the television.

Lenovo first teased the K91 55″ LED TV with Android 4.0 built in, the first of its kind, back in January during CES 2012.  Along those lines, Lenovo is now releasing a similar K71 LED TV, with features that read like a latest smartphone, including:

  • 42″ LED screen
  • 1.5 Ghz processor
  • Android 4.0
  • 8GB built-in storage, expandable via SD card
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi support
  • HDMI support
  • USB 2.0 support
  • 3D capabilities
  • Gaming Remote Control

The use of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will allow the TV to also run mobile applications, basically, from the Play Store and Lenovo’s own app store. Lenovo is further aiming to bridge the gap between mobile devices and TVs using the recently announced Lenovo Cloud Storage System.

The Lenovo K71 is now available for pre-order, but unfortunately only in China, with a price-tag of around $1030. However, Lenovo is known for first launching products in its native Chinese market before announcing worldwide releases, and things shouldn’t be any different this time around. No information on a potential worldwide release date is known for now.

What are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to an ICS TV?

Comments

  • http://twitter.com/bassjunkieuk Mark Skrzypczyk

    I’d love an ICS telly, as long as it’s touchscreen ;-)

  • Zombie Killer

    Touchscreen TV would be incredibly inconvenient (you’d have to go up to it). A Wii-like pointer remote would be ideal, especially a hybrid of a wii remote and a TV remote.

    The idea seems good, but I do have some concerns regarding the implementation. Updates? Hardware access? I suspect that they’re trying to make televisions disposable (i.e., buy a new TV in a year when the integrated computer is obsolete). If they provide full hardware spec and access, then it might be a good idea. It would be a **REALLY** good idea if the android computer in it was a removable/upgradable MODULE rather than the more likely scenario of being integrated permanently into the TV.

    I honestly don’t see this as being particularly significant. My preference would be to simply hook up an Android computer via HDMI cable. You’d get the same functionality, complete upgradability, and hardware control. You could, in theory, even hook up a wii remote. I’m thinking… a Raspberry Pi glued to the back of a TV with a bluetooth USB module and a wii sensor bar. Though not built for RPi yet, Android could certainly run on it, and it’ll cost only $35. Or maybe something a little higher spec than that.

  • Head Talabanana

    Led TV`s have some of the best pictures, not to mention they last forever. they have a 70 inch Led that would knock your sox off. awesome. http://www.actionwebtv.com