Today Lenovo announced a trio of upcoming Android tablets that are initially destined for China, but given the company’s history we expect to see them eventually land in the United States. Lenovo previously launched the IdeaPad and Thinkpad tablets earlier this year and sales weren’t that great, so hopefully the new models can turn things around.
This time Lenovo will offer the LePad S2005, S2007, and S2010 which feature 5, 7, and 10 inch displays. With their earlier tablets Lenovo used NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor, but now all three models will include the dual-core Snapdragon S3 from Qualcomm.
Highlights of the LePad S005 include Android 2.3, 5 inch display with low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) ultra-low power technology, dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, 1 GB RAM, 5 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front camera, and support for China Unicom’s 4G HSPA+ network.
The LePad S2007 will feature Android 3.2, 7 inch IPS display with 1280 x800 resolution (216ppi) and 1500:1 contrast ratio, dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, 1GB RAM, 1.3 MP camera, 8 hours of WiFi ineternet, and support for China Unicom’s “telecom and 3G dual-network.” Lenovo’s LePad S2010 features similar specs but with a larger 10 inch display a bigger battery that offers 11 hours of WiFi internet.
No release dates or price points were announced, but Engadget Chinese reports the LePad S2005 could be available in a matter of days.
Overall it looks like Lenovo has a nice family of Android devices, but I don’t see any particular features that make them stand out from the crowded market. Unless Lenovo has some tricks up their sleeves, I see the new S series of tablets suffering the same fate of their predecessors – lackluster sales in the US.