Digitimes has learned from its sources that Acer and Lenovo are preparing to launch Windows 8 tablets in the third quarter of 2012. Windows 8 will hit public beta in February, and is widely expected to reach RTM stage by May. With Windows 8, Microsoft is hoping to finally have a platform capable of taking on iOS in the tablet segment. Windows 8 merges the classical Windows desktop with a full-screen, touch optimized Metro UI, and will power everything from tablets and laptops to traditional desktop PCs.
Although Windows 8 is capable of running on the ARM platform, Acer and Lenovo plan on using Intel’s next generation Clover Trail platform for their tablets. As of now, Intel is getting clobbered in the mobile computing segment by ARM, which offers superior performance and power saving. Intel is expected to mount its first serious challenge with Medfield and Clover Trail, which will probably be out by Q3 of 2011. Intel will be demoing smartphones and tablets powered by its new mobile processors at CES 2012.
While the combination of Intel and Windows 8 is expected to offer previously unseen levels of performance and flexibility, the real test for Intel will be power efficiency. Even as mobile computing technology has continued to improve in leaps and bounds, the battery technology has remained practically stagnant. As a result, most mobile devices struggle to cope up with the demands of high speed 3G and 4G data networks and dual-core CPUs.
Apparently, that wasn’t all. It has announced two more Android smartphones – the LePhone K2 and the LePhone S760, for those who weren’t impressed already.
Lenovo LePhone K2
The Lenovo LePhone K2 is going to be its flagship Android smartphone. It comes with a 4.3 inch IPS display, and is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8260 chip and 1 GB of RAM. It will pack in an 8 MP camera which can shoot 1080p videos. It runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, just like all the other smartphones announced by Lenovo.
Lenovo LePhone S760
The Lenovo LePhone S760 seems to be a budget device. It has a 3.7 inch AMOLED display and comes with a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. Like its brothers, it runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread too, and is embellished (or disfigured, depending on how you look at it) with Lenovo’s custom UI. It will offer a 5 MP camera.
It is a WCDMA smartphone, which comes with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, plastered with Lenovo’s custom UI. It has a 3.8 inch TFT display, with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is powered by a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor and comes with 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage.
There is another variant of the LePhone S2, which comes with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. Both variants come with an 8 MP camera, and a 1500 mAh battery.
Like all the other devices unveiled by Lenovo today, the Lenovo LePhone S2 will also be available only in China. I doubt they will be launching this one globally. In any case, there is nothing very exciting about the LePhone S2 in terms of specs.
They will have to price it appropriately low in order to attract the budget smartphone fans.
Lenovo unveiled two new Android tablets at an event in China today. The LePad S2007 and the LePad S2010 run Android 3.1 Honeycomb, and will likely get an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich eventually.
The LePad S2007 comes with a 7 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, while the LePad S2010 comes with a 10.1 inch display with the same resolution.
Both these tablets are powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm processor, and 1 GB of RAM. They offer dual mode 3G connectivity (EVDO & WCDMA), so they will work with both China Telecom and China Unicom. Both also come with an 8 MP primary camera and a 1.3 MP secondary camera.
The LePad S2007 comes with a 3780 mAh battery and weighs 360 gms, while the LePad S2010 comes with a mammoth 7560 mAh battery and weighs 670 gms.
Both devices will be available in China, next month, along with the 5 inch Lenovo LePad S2005, which was also unveiled today.
Here’s an image of the trio – LePad S2005, LePad S2007 & LePad S2010 – posing together.
Everyone seems to be focusing on the largest smartphone market in the world – China – these days. Hopefully, we will also see Lenovo launch variants of these devices globally.
Lenovo has announced a new Android based phone-tablet hybrid for the Chinese market – the LePad S2005. It’s a bit too big to be a phone, and a bit too small to be a tablet (just like the Dell Streak), so we are not sure what it is.
It runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with a custom UI, and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm processor and 1 GB of RAM. It comes with a 5 inch LTPS display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, which is quite low considering that even phones with smaller 4 inch display have HD displays these days.
It comes with a 5 MP camera which can capture 1080p videos, and a 1.3 MP secondary camera for video calling. It comes with a 1680 mAh battery, and offers micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports. It will support China Unicom’s HSPA+ network. It weighs around 198 gms and is around 10 mm thick.
On an tangential note, the display size wars are turning ridiculous now. First we had 3.5 inch displays (iPhone), then we moved on to 4 inch ones (Galaxy S). Now, 4.3 inch (Galaxy S 2) and 4.65 inch (Galaxy Nexus) displays seem to have become the new normal. Apple has refused to increased the display size of the iPhone, which is perhaps a good move.
In my opinion, the sweet spot for display sizes lies in the 4.3 to 4.7 inch range; anything larger than that is unwieldy.
With tablets being the talk of the town recently, thanks to HP liquidating their TouchPad for $99 after killing off webOS, Lenovo has decided to finally announce and release their ThinkPad Tablet. Although Lenovo has had the IdeaPad series of tablets available for quite some time, the new instalment brings along the well-known “ThinkPad” brand and markets it directly to the the business crowd.
Built atop Android 3.1, it brings along corporate-centric software such as Documents To Go, Citrix Receiver and PrinterShare. The ThinkPad Tablet even goes to the extent of bundling McAfee’s Mobile Security package for Android in an obvious attempt to appeal to upper management. Full device and SD card encryption is supported, along with anti-theft software and remote device disabling.
With Android pushing the ARMs race, it should come as no surprise that the ThinkPad Tablet continues along with the trend.
NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core 1GHz Processor
1GB LPDDR2 RAM
10.1 WXGA (1280×800) 16:10 IPS screen with Corning Gorilla Glass
5 megapixel rear-facing camera
2 megapixel front-facing camera
Up to 64GB of storage
Bluetooth, WiFi and 3G connectivity
Native USB 2.0 and micro-USB ports, full-size SD card slot and mini-HDMI output
The tablet also brings along 3 accessories for maximising productivity. The Tablet Dock is as it sounds, a dock that stands the device up to provide easy viewing angles and port extension. The Keyboard Folio packs a case and physical keyboard all into one. The Tablet Pen allows for fine-tuned pressure-sensitive precision on the capacitive multi-touch display.
The Wi-Fi-only version of the ThinkPad Tablet is priced unusually high. $499, $569 and $669 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB devices, respectively. Lenovo plans to integrate mobile broadband into the next version of the tablets to allow for 3G connectivity.
It’s nice to see that ThinkPad continues its styling and design in the tablet instead of straying to provide an iPad look-a-like. Targeted mainly towards the business professional, a market where the only competitor is the BlackBerry PlayBook, the ThinkPad Tablet certainly has clear advantages over consumer devices. Both RIM and Lenovo have strong ties to the corporate world through existing products, and with HP no longer pushing their TouchPad, it’s become an even smaller space to compete.
Yesterday, Canonical founder, Mark Shuttleworth, announced that Canonical is aiming for 200 million Ubuntu users in four years. When he made the announcement, many believed that such a number will not be possible unless Canonical partners with OEMs.
Today, taking a step in that direction, Canonical and Lenovo has announced a collaboration to provide Ubuntu certified Lenovo products such as laptops, desktops and servers. The collaboration between the two companies will mean that users who are buying Lenovo systems can be assured that Ubuntu will work properly on their system.
Canonical has already given the Ubuntu certification to around 30 Lenovo systems. Right now Canonical certifies systems for Ubuntu 11.04, 10.10 and 10.04. With the partnership, it is expected that the number of Ubuntu certified Lenovo systems will increase. Announcing the collaboration, Canonical made the following statement:
Having hardware certified through Canonical provides consumers and corporate user the assurance of a high quality, user-friendly, maintainable operating system on every device. The key benefits of combining Ubuntu with Lenovo Thinkpads is the hassle free operation and a fast reliable performance.
Such collaboration might be just what Ubuntu need. One of the main problem that I see with Ubuntu nowadays is that it does not work well out-of-the-box with certain hardware. For example, with my laptop, Ubuntu 11.04 does not work out-of-the-box. When a new Ubuntu installation does not work out-of-the-box, most of the normal users will not waste their time trying to get the system working and would instead shift to Windows. For this reason, Ubuntu certification might be the next best thing to buying the system with Ubuntu pre-installed. With an Ubuntu certified system, users can be assured that their hardware will work without problems when they install Ubuntu.
You can see the list of Ubuntu certified Lenovo systems here.
After the 10.1-inch Honeycomb Tablet leak by Lenovo, it seems that Lenovo has tons of devices in its kitty. According to Thisismynext’s recent scoop, Lenovo seems to be prepping up for a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet as well.
Although we do not know much about the tablet as of now, here’s what we do know:
Android 3.0 Honeycombwith Le OS (Lenovo’s custom UI)
1280*800 High resolution display
a dual-core ARM processor
The tablet is expected to be launched during the fourth quarter of 2011, Thisismynext predicts that Lenovo might even launch it earlier. Although there’s surplus amount of 7-inch tablet in the market, knowing Lenovo we know we wouldn’t be disappointed with the build quality of the product. More than that we are more excited to see how Lenovo’s custom UI on the top of Honeycomb performs. Google has a complete makeover with Honeycomb so that manufacturers wouldn’t feel the need to design custom UI and mess up with the update procedure yet none of the Manufacturers seem to follow Google and want to distinguish their product from their competitors.
The market is already flooded with Android tablets. And now, Lenovo has joined the bandwagon. The company will soon launch its first tablet device. Recently, the leaked pics and specs of this device has been emerged. Lenovo’s first tablet device will be called “Lenovo ThinkPad” and it will be powered by the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Lenovo ThinkPad will have a stylus for hand-drawn notes. Check out the leaked specs below.
Lenovo ThinkPad Leaked Specs:
10.1 inch touchscreen display
1280 x 800 resolution
Tegra 2 processor
Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating system
Keyboard booklet and cradle (optional)
Pen and digitizor (optional)
8 hours battery life
Weighs 1.6 pounds and is 0.55 inches thick
16 GB / 32 GB / 64 GB version
One of the unique feature of this tablet is the keyboard booklet, which allows you to switch over to the laptop mode. Lenovo ThinkPad is expected to be announced in June and it will be available for purchase from July. Lenovo ThinkPad will be available from $499 for the 16 GB version.
Lenovo was one of the first manufacturers to announce a tablet, way back in June 2010. Since it first talked about it, about 132 tablets have already been launched, but Lenovo hadn’t said anything about its tablet until CES 2011.
At CES 2011, we finally got a good look at the LePad. The Lenovo LePad will come with a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.
It will sport a 10.1 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. You can also use a digitizer for pen input, instead of your fingers. It will likely be priced between $399 and $449. it will go on sale in China by the end of Q1 2011, followed by a world wide launch in June 2011.
It will run Android 2.2 Froyo with a custom UI shell by Lenovo. With Google having launched Android 3.0 Honeycomb already, I hope Lenovo offers the LePad with vanilla Honeycomb on it, as a “Google Experience” Android tablet. At the $449 price point, it seems like a very sweet buy, especially compared to the Motorola Xoom which will be priced at $800, or even the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, which will also be priced in the $600-$800 range.