It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with Lenovo’s hectic tablet branding, but we can at least try to do that, can’t we? After unveiling the 9-inch IdeaTab A2109, the Chinese have made the 7-inch A2107 official too. Confused much? Wait till you get a hold of the IdeaTab A2105, also expected to be revealed at the IFA 2012.
Aside from the confusingly similar names and a couple of design points, the A2107 shouldn’t be very difficult to set apart from its bigger “brother”, the A2109. Not only is the A2107 smaller, but it’s also more modestly equipped and will most likely target tech users on a very tight budget.
Sporting a 7-inch display with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, the brand new IdeaTab is powered by a pretty modest 1GHz MTK Cortex-A9 processor. This should however not be as disappointing as we thought in the past, being a dual-core unit and not a single-core.
There’s 1GB of RAM under the 7-incher’s hood, as well as a bunch of connectivity options, modems and radios including Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and WCDMA/GSM. In terms of storage, there’ll be three different versions of the tab, equipped with 4, 8 and 16GB of on-board memory. All these will come with microSD support and will either have Wi-Fi or both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity options.
Unlike one of its most important future competitors (Google’s Nexus 7), Lenovo’s 7-incher will come with dual cameras. Neither of those two “shooters” won’t be extremely capable though, with the rear-facing one being equipped with a 2MP sensor, while the front-facing webcam will be an even more modest VGA unit.
One particular detail that might sweeten the deal is the A2107’s soft matte finish and roll cage enclosure, which should make the 7-incher stronger than your average tab, resistant to bumps, bruises and scratches. We certainly hope this added layer of protection won’t cancel the slate’s portability, although we’ll have to wait and see, as we have no information yet on its weight or thickness.
The A2107 will run Android 4.0 ICS upon launch and, while we can certainly hope for a swift upgrade to Jelly Bean, that's unlikely to happen by the end of the year. As for the battery capacity, that hasn't been officially detailed, but is thought to be of 3,700mAh.
Lenovo is still mysterious on the tablet's release and all we know right now is that it'll be made available “sometime in September”. We have no clue on the pricing either, but we should hear something soon. After all, September is just around the corner.
Who here thinks that Lenovo is onto something with this brand new 7-incher? What would be a fair price to ask for it?