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Lenovo readies an iPad competitor: IdeaTab S2109

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Hoping to be a standout in the crowded Android (s goog) tablet market, Lenovo released a video overview of its newest slate, the IdeaTab S2109. No official release date or price is available yet, but most of the specifications, features and dimensions are; showing a thin Android 4.0 tablet running with a reported 10 hours of battery life. There are a few clues, however, indicating that this IdeaTab will be priced at or below Apple’s(s aapl) $399 iPad 2. Here’s the video look, which I found at SlashGear.

The key hint is the IdeaTab’s 9.7-inch screen resolution of 1024 x 768. As new Android tablets go, this resolution is relatively low. Most of the larger Android tablets costing $399 use higher resolution screens. The IdeaTab’s screen is also the same resolution — if not the exact same IPS display — as Apple used in the original iPad and iPad 2.

Lenovo also has a little bit of product history to support a relatively low price on this new tablet. The company introduced a 7-inch slate last year, the A1, with a starting price of $199. The specifications were lacking in a few areas, but the capable tablet undercuts competing 7-inch slates from Samsung, HTC and others.

As Apple has proven with its successful iPad, however, consumers are willing to pay more for an overall premium experience. For most tablet buyers, Android hasn’t yet provided that at any price; if it did, multiple Android tablets combined would likely be outselling the iPad.

Once Lenovo’s new IdeaTab hits the market — with a starting price of $299 to $349, is my guess — we’ll see how Android 4.0, combined with with a low investment, affects the tablet market. Without a dedicated ecosystem to offer, however, Lenovo may still be hard pressed to sell slates at any price.

5 Responses to “Lenovo readies an iPad competitor: IdeaTab S2109”

  1. Frank Johnson

    Not really describing how this competes with the Ipad.
    Also don’t much care for the ignorant, and unsupported generalizations such as:
    “For most tablet buyers, Android hasn’t yet provided that at any price…”
    “Without a dedicated ecosystem to offer…”
    Maybe, your ability to offer any kind of valuable information is clouded by the fact you don’t really know anything.
    Next time, try researching your topic before you write anything, and then offer relevant information. I see no comparison of specs here, besides what you “think” might be the screen resolution. What about weight, unit size, battery life, user interface, ports, case materials. Stay away from sweeping generalizations about what they market will do, and what tablet users like, and offer information so they can decide what they like.
    On the bright side, you have provided a useful case study for journalism majors on how NOT to write a informative and unbiased article.

    • Appreciate the feedback Frank. I’ve tested, bought, used or reviewed nearly every Android tablet available in the U.S. market and have even imported some that aren’t available here. I didn’t cover the specs in the post as they would be a rehash of what’s in the video. Having said that:

      The generalization about “For most tablet buyers, Android hasn’t yet provided that at any price…” is based on the fact that the iPad still accounts for the approximately 2/3rds of all tablet sales.

      The dedicated ecosystem statement relates to Lenovo not having their own media offerings; a key point for product differentiation and success. It’s a huge reason the iPad is a top seller, in my opinon. I’ve written here many times that hardware, software and ecosystem are the three pillars to success for a mobile device these days. Thanks!