While it didn’t make a great impression back in April, when it was officially announced as “coming soon”, the Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 looked like a decent-enough tablet. We thought that Lenovo's slate might appeal to people looking for a good balance between power, looks, and affordability.
Lenovo kept us guessing about the gadget’s release date and pricing, but now we know (almost) everything there is to know about the IdeaTab S2109 and… we’re not very impressed. Slated for “an early June” release, the S2109 will start selling at $329, which is not an extravagant price tag, but it’s not what you would call cheap either.
Sporting a 9.7-inch HD IPS display with 1024 x 768 pixels resolution, Lenovo’s new tablet will come packing a 1 GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor. That’s not the slowest chipset out there, but it’s definitely more modest than Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core proc that we thought was going to power the S2109.
The dual-core chip will be coupled with 1 GB of RAM to offer some mid-range power, while other features include a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, microUSB, HDMI, a microSD card slot, and a battery reportedly capable of running for up to ten hours between charges.
In terms of software, the tablet will be running what looks like a pretty “clean” version (as in not heavily customized) of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is very good news, but there are still a couple of details and tech specs to be officially announced.
We don’t know what rear-facing camera will the tablet feature and we also don’t know for sure how many different versions of the slate will be released. Lenovo has announced the S2109 as coming with “up to 32 GB storage”, but it hasn’t been yet confirmed if the tablet will be made available with 16 and 32 GB of on-board memory or just with 16 GB, expandable via the microSD card slot.
The design and audio capabilities of the tablet are set to be two of its strongest points, however, as you will be spoiled with a “unibody shell”, 8.9 mm (0.35 inches) thickness, and four external SRS surround sound speakers with TruMedia audio enhancement technology.
The IdeaTab S2109 still doesn’t have an official release date next to its name (early June could be anywhere from tomorrow to the 15th). The pricing on Lenovo’s website and Office Depot, where it will start selling, will be $329. That’s a bit much to ask, as far as we’re concerned, for a non-quad tablet, especially considering that we’re getting very close to the possible Nexus Tablet’s release.
What do you think? Is $329 too much to ask for the Lenovo IdeaTab S2109? Would it be a fair price if the tablet were to come with 32 GB of internal storage space? Are you willing to get any such gadget before finding out what Asus and Google are preparing with the Nexus Tablet?