Lenovo IdeaPad S2 10 set to take on Asus Transformer tablets

first_imgWhile there’s plenty to love about the tablet form-factor, plenty of consumers find the lack of a physical keyboard off-putting. That’s no doubt part of the reason the original Asus Eee Pad Transformer and the cutting-edge Transformer Prime have been popular choices with Android tablet buyers. Now, Lenovo is offering up an alternative: the IdeaPad S2 10.Where Asus chose to outfit the T-Prime with Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 chip, the IdeaPad S2 will ship with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Krait processor. It’s still a chip with plenty of computational muscle, and until Android apps are coded to take full advantage of multiple cores there’s not a huge advantage to doubling up anyway. Rounding out the IdeaPad S2 10’s hardware are 1GB of RAM, internal storage of 16/32/64GB (along with microSD expansion), a 10.1-inch IPS display pushing 1280×800 pixels, 5MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing cameras, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G connectivity, and the obligatory micro USB and micro HDMI ports. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ships on the S2 10, and it’s been reskinned with Lenovo’s Mondrian interface — a not-entirely un-Metro homage to the famous artist. Like the Transformer and Transformer Prime, the snap-in keyboard dock converts the S2 10 into an Android netbook. It also packs an additional internal battery which doubles battery life to an impressive 20 hours. Without the dock attached, the S2 10 tips the scales at just under 1.3 pounds and measures 8.7mm thick — which makes it slightly thinner and lighter than the iPad 2. Those marks might not be the ones to shoot for much longer, of course, since rumors about Apple releasing an updated iPad or two have been heating up in recent weeks.Initially, Lenovo will only be selling the IdeaPad S2 in China. The company says it’ll announce plans for the rest of the globe at an unspecified date in the future.via Gizmodolast_img read more