Jan 08 AT 10:43 PM Dustin Earley 34 Comments

Lenovo K91 isn’t a Google TV, it’s an Android TV

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Along with their IdeaTab S2, Lenovo has just detailed the K91, a smart TV based on Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich.

As the world’s first smart TV running Android 4, Lenovo aims to “unite three major smart TV functions” with the K91: Video on Demand, Internet applications and traditional TV programs. Lenovo’s custom apps and console quality games will be available from the Lenovo Store, which will be paired with the Android Market. The entire experience will be wrapped in Lenovo’s Smart Sandwich UI.

As for the hardware in the world’s first ICS TV, it was revealed that the display is going to be a 55-inch 240Hz full-HD 3D IPS panel. There’s also SRS TruSurround, a 5MP camera, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8060.

Lenovo’s decision to manufacture a television set powered by Android 4 instead of Google TV is interesting to say the least. But it does make sense. By using Android, they’re able to fully customize the entire TV watching experience. From the specialized apps, down to the Smart Sandwich UI.

Just like the IdeaTab S2, the K91 will only be available in China at first. Worldwide availability will be detailed at a later date.

CES will be chock full of Google TV sets, is there room for Android TV as well?

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CES 2012, Las Vegas – January 8, 2012: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY), the world’s number two PC company, is flexing its innovation muscle at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show and beyond, to create a seamless digital experience for its customers across multiple devices, be it PCs, tablets, smartphones or Smart TVs. Lenovo recently unveiled its “Personal Cloud” vision, marking the transformation of the company from a “personal computer” manufacturer to a “personal cloud solution” provider that integrates hardware, software and cloud computing together. The Company’s direction is evident in a variety of new products, including the IdeaTab S2, Smartphone S2 and K91 smart TV.
“Lenovo is breaking down the barriers of device differentiation and weaving together hardware, software and cloud services that are connected, experiential and dynamic,” said Liu Jun, senior vice president and president, Mobile Internet and Digital Home business group. “We understand our users need more than just the traditional keyboard and screen for a truly satisfying digital experience. Our Personal Cloud vision integrates all devices, from tablets to TVs, for a comprehensive mobile Internet experience anytime, anywhere.
K91—the World’s First Smart TV to Run Android 4.0 OS
As the world’s first smart TV powered by QualComm’s 8060 Snapdragon dual core CPU, the K91 is also the world’s first smart TV running the Android 4.0 operating system – which will revolutionize technology in the living room. Its smart “Sandwich” UI unites three major smart TV functions, including Video On Demand (VOD), Internet applications and traditional TV programs. The online HD VOD is tailored to individual consumers’ viewing history, and delivers the best picture and audio quality with 3D FPR technology delivering flicker-free video on a full HD IPS panel at 240hz with SRS TruSurround. Internet applications include thousands of choices from the Android Market and Lenovo Store, including console games. Additional smart TV features include voice control with natural language processing and speech recognition technology, allowing viewers to use voice commands to control the remote. Video interaction is even possible with the built-in 5MP webcam, which integrates face recognition technology for security benefits and advanced parental control. With cloud support, consumers can access their favorite songs and videos with ease, share files between the TV and their tablet, smartphone or PC, and even control the TV via tablet and smartphone.
The IdeaTab S2 tablet, S2 smartphone and K91 smart TV are available immediately in China. Lenovo will be releasing these products worldwide at a later date. More information on these products is available at www.lenovo.com
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About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $US21 billion personal technology company – and the second largest PC company in the world, serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com.

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Source: Engadget

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