Jan 09 AT 12:51 PM Taylor Wimberly 21 Comments

Hands-on the Lenovo IdeaTab S2, first Snapdragon S4 tablet


Yesterday Lenovo announced their IdeaTab S2, the first consumer device we’ve seen with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon S4 processor. Some readers were disappointed by the fact that the Snapdragon S4 is only dual-core, but this is Qualcomm’s first processor to feature their new 28nm Krait core, which far outperforms the Cortex-A9 core found in other quad-core SoCs like Tegra 3.

We got to spend a few minutes with the IdeaTab S2, and I was impressed with the overall design of the device. It is very similar to the ASUS Transformer Prime with its keyboard dock, but the IdeaTab S2 dock has a larger battery. The Transformer Prime boasts 18 hours of battery life with the dock, and Lenovo was able to top that with 20 total hours of battery life. (10 for tablet + 10 for dock).

Taking a closer look at the IdeaTab S2 keyboard dock, we found it features two full-size USB ports and one micro-USB port. The touchpad had two buttons and the keyboard had several Android-specific hotkeys.

Lenovo said the IdeaPad S2 should be available in early Q2.

Check out the video below for a quick idea of what to expect. Hopefully we can spend some more time with the device later this week and see how the performance stacks up against Tegra 3.

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  • Galen20K

    I like that core!

  • Zeratoda1

    hmm snapdragon quad core not only sounds cool but it certainly makes me want the tablet

    • Zeratoda1

      huge typing error #facepalm

      • Bryan Stoner

        Even though it’s an error, it’s still on everyone’s mind.


    Taylor i was waiting for you to snatch the tablet from his hands !

    • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

      Yup, I damn near put my hand through my monitor trying to grab and see the side of the tablet.

      • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

        I was thinking that we won’t see much of it, I had the same reaction to just go and make him show it. It has a Qualcomm dualcore processor. I guess the guy holding the tablet had to show it to a lot of people, he saw our Androidandme guy and he made a little presentation for him too.

  • Bryan Stoner

    I’m really impressed! Two full sized ports is a definite plus. Looks like Toshiba is going to have to up it’s game with the Excite. Maybe even Asus if Lenovo gets speedy on updates too.

  • jawabba

    I can’t wait to see the final spec on the battery once the release date nears. I can’t imagine 10 hours is going to be close.

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    The battery specs are delightful… well done Lenovo. Good looking tab/keyboard combo.

  • Louis A

    Looks good but I think I like the Transformer Prime more.

  • spazby

    i am a little torn between this and updated Prime…

  • cfvonner

    Still not sure how performance compares to the T-Primes quad+1 cores. But the Lenovo looks sweet!

  • Adam Clark

    the question is… is the bootloader locked?

  • lokidokie

    This won’t be as good as Tegra 3 though will it?!

  • thaghost

    All of these damn tablet announcements!! Are any of them gonna sell or be great?

  • cthonctic

    Looks very nice. I think when I go for a 10″ tablet, it will need to be such an ultrabook/tablet hybrid. The only thing, as always, will be the price point.
    I like Lenovo build quality a lot, but this thing isn’t going to come cheap.

  • _Diego

    Looks like students who need to buy a laptop for the new school year but are not following an IT-oriented education (like math or PE-teacher fe.) should definitely consider buying a tablet + keyboard dock instead.

  • Androidcrazed6

    Wait… which processor will be faster and have better graphics :
    Tegra 3
    Exynos 4212 or
    Omap 4460

    Thank you!

  • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

    Like many other posters, I like Lenovo products. Have a Thinkpad tablet, and am very pleased with it. It may be a bit heavier, and bulkier than competition, but it is easy to hold for long durations, and the digital pen has potential.

    Looking forward to some actual reviews of a final shipping product with new processor.

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