In a tech world where pretty much everything has been done at least once, it’s very difficult to truly innovate.
However, while most manufacturers are simply doing their best to come up with the thinnest gadgets (0.000001 inch slimmer!) or the ones with the crispest screens, Lenovo has unveiled a tablet with at least one truly original feature.
The LePad A2107, the company’s newest 7-inch Android-based tablet, is the world’s first ever such device to come with dual-SIM support. It’s true, the rest of the tech specs are unimpressive (to be kind), but the A2107 still has a shot at popularity, at least in China.
Sporting a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, the new LePad will allow you to use two different mobile broadband networks, without switching SIM cards. And while we obviously hope that the 7-incher will come with dual stand-by, therefore letting you use both cards simultaneously, Lenovo hasn’t announced anything official on this front just yet.
The A2107 will be powered by a rather disappointing single-core 1 GHz MTK6575 processor, but will come with 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board memory, and a 3,550 mAh battery, which is pretty nice for what looks like a low-range tablet by many standards.
The rest of the known features include a 3 MP rear-facing shooter, a 2 MP front-facing camera, a microSD card slot, WiFi and 3G connectivity. The tablet will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, so you shouldn’t have much to complain on software grounds, while in terms of design, the A2107 is elegant, but surely not groundbreaking in any way.
Weighing in at 400 grams (14.1 ounces) and measuring 11.5 mm (0.45 inches) in thickness, Lenovo’s Le Pad A2107 is not exactly the thinnest or lightest 7-incher around, but it’s not the bulkiest or heaviest either.
The A2107 is set to start selling in China on June 18, which is just three days away, but Lenovo is keeping quiet on the price front. We also don’t know if we should expect to see the 7-incher outside China release in the near future, but our guess it will hit at least Europe soon enough. The Le Pad A2107 will probably not be coming to the US, though, as tech users around this part of the world are not into dual-SIM gadgets.
What do you folks think of this new (relatively) innovative tablet from Lenovo? Would you ever consider buying it? What would be a fair price to ask for it? Drop us a comment below and let us know.
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In an age where dual core phones are becoming the norm, a tablet with a single core processor is not impressive, even if it comes with two sims.
If Lenovo expects to compete in the tablet market they will surely have to do better tan just dual sim, the specifications make it a dead end producr due to its lack of computing power and Lenovo’s present software support is a lacking and unpredictable as a politician during election season, promising an upgrade and falling back on their word eg. Thinkpad Tablet ICS upgrade which was due at the middle of Q2 and continuously pushed back to the beginning of Q3. The issue is that a dual sim tablet is a good idea but not as enticing as other tablets such as Motorola, Acer and Asus wich a some point follow suit but will arm their new tablets with bigger, badder and more sophisticated hardware at a more reasonable price.