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 branding and ETA to mystery.
Lenovo has decided to break this “tradition”, however, and has made three of its future gadgets official, way ahead of their public release, without letting much slip about their spec sheets. The IdeaTab A2105, A2107 and A2109 form an intriguing tablet trio that will hit the market sometime in September. Let’s see what we know about each of these gadgets and why you should be interested in them.
“Tablet, smartphone, all in.” That’s how the A2105 is advertised on Lenovo’s official website, and we have to say it’s not a bad way to get our attention. However, it’s unlikely that this will be another Padfone that you can easily turn from a phone to a tablet and the other way around.
Instead, we think that Lenovo has just found a clever way of marketing what we have come to call a “phablet”. The A2105 is set to sport a 5-inch touchscreen, and will come with a “stainless steel internal roll cage”, offline GPS navigation, “long battery life”, and dual SIM configuration. By the looks of it, the 5-incher might just be one of the first high-end dual SIM phones around, but the question is whether high-tech fans are interested in that particular function.
We don’t know how the A2105 will be technically equipped, but we do know that it will come with “up to Android 4.0”. Hopefully, the “up” is either a spelling error or a precautionary method, because we can’t even conceive seeing mid-range or high-end phones released in September 2012 with Gingerbread on board.
The “affordable palm size entertainment” device will sport a 7-inch touchscreen, will have 3G, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, as well as Android 4.0 ICS, and offline GPS navigation. Based on the tablet’s name, but also on the official pic published on Lenovo’s website, there’s a good chance this will be the global version of the recently released China-bound LePad A2107.
The LePad came with a single-core 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a 3,550 mAh battery, dual 3 MP/2 MP cameras, and a microSD card slot. In addition to all that, the Chinese 7-incher had dual-SIM support, but there’s a good shot the global IdeaTab A2107 will lack that particular feature.
The last device of Lenovo’s trio is not the high-end flagship you would expect, but rather advertises to bring “full size fun on a small budget”. The A2109 will be a rather bizarre 9-incher with an HD 1280 x 800 pixels resolution display. Other known features include the running of Android 4.0 ICS, dual 3MP/1.3 MP cameras, and an aluminum shell that could make this quite the elegant gadget.
It’s hard to make any predictions without knowing the tab’s other tech specs, but there’s a chance this might actually prove to be an attractive device (provided it comes at the right price).
So, what do you think? Will you be looking for any one of these three tablets when they are up for sale?