by Adrian Diaconescu, 10 months ago
Usually, when we first hear about an unreleased smartphone or tablet that is “set to come soon”, it happens through leaks that unveil at least part of the gadget’s spec sheet, while leaving its official…
At this year's IFA there were two new tablets announced for release on Vodafone. Users should be familiar with the name –the Smart Tab — as these will be offered as the next generation tablets after the ZTE tabs released a year ago. This year's offerings will come in two flavors: the Lenovo Smart Tab II 10″ and the Lenovo Smart Tab II 7″. Despite sharing a name and a manufacturer, the specs on each device are quite different.
The 10″ version is packing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 16GB of storage inside of a pretty sleek and thin design. On the 7″, the details are a little on the down low, but that didn't stop it from making a trip to the FCC. Suffice it to say, the 7″ Vodafone tablet passed the FCC inspections.
If you browse around the official documents from the FCC, you'll learn that the tablet supports 3G, Bluetooth and WiFi. As was pointed out over at Engadget, the FCC ID is worth noting, as well. It carries an ID of O57A2107VDF3G. The important parts to note are the A2107 and the 3G, denoting that it's a 3G device.
The A2107 is a device that we do know a little bit about. Known as the Lenovo IdeaPad A2107, the size and shape of the chunky device are identical to the Smart Tab II. It carries a 1GHz dual core MTK Cortex A9 CPU sitting behind a 1024×600 display with WCDMA/GSM radios, built in FM radio, Bluetooth 4.0 support, and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi support.
Unfortunately, the Smart Tab II 7″ has already been confirmed as having only 4GB of on-board storage, as well as having no LTE radios. It carries the somewhat reasonable price tag of about $245 (190 Euros). This means that although it is priced competitively, the lack of 4G support and only 4GB of storage may turn potential customers off.
It is very likely Vodafone will offer a great subsidy on the tablet, which might make it look more appealing. Do you think the Smart Tab II could be just the A2107 rebranded? If it hits the US market as a subsidized tablet, will the price and specs be competitive with the current stock? Leave your comments below.