CES 2012: Lenovo Announces New S2 Smartphone, Tablet and World’s First Android 4.0 Smart TV
First up is Lenovo’s new S2 smartphone, which packs a pretty mean punch for a company who don’t typically include mobile phones as its speciality. The S2 packs a speedy 1.4GHz Dual Core Snapdragon processor, 8-Megapixel rear camera, 3.8-inch screen with front-facing camera, and will run on Android Gingerbread (2.3) software with a custom Lenovo skin on top.
Sharing the same model number, the Lenovo IdeaTab S2 10 has been unveiled as the company’s first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet. Under the hood Lenovo has crammed in a Dual Core 1.5GHz snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM for speed and a battery that will provide 9 hours of usage on average. The whole thing is just 8.4mm thick and weighs just 1.1lbs, making it extremely light and portable, providing a decent alternative to the iPad 2.
Interestingly, Lenovo has taken a leaf from ASUS’ book and has designed a netbook-sized dockable keyboard to use with the IdeaTab S2 10, effectively transforming it from a tablet into a netbook, just like you can with the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer and Transformer Prime. The keyboard dock has its own battery which adds 9 hours extra usage to the tablet, bringing the total to 18 hours, as well as adding two full-sized USB 2.0 ports, an SD/SDHC card slot and a multi-touch trackpad.
Lastly, and by far most excitingly, Lenovo has announced it will be joining the TV market with a bang. Along with the new S2 smartphone and tablets, Lenovo announced the K91; a monster 55-inch 3D Smart TV which runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – the first of its kind in the world.
The K91 packs an incredible amount of tech for a TV, including a Dual-Core snapdragon processor to power the smart capabilities, a 5-Megapixel front-facing camera, inbuilt Wi-Fi to get you online, SD card reader and 3D tech. It’s not technically classed as a ‘Google TV’, like the LG model we previewed recently, though it does use Android 4.0 to create what Lenovo is calling a ‘Sandwich UI’ to bring Video on Demand, TV programs and Internet applications to your living room.
Voice recognition is built in to the software with natural speech processing, meaning that you’ll be able to speak commands to the K91 naturally, just like you would with Siri on the iPhone 4S.
For all you TV buffs out there, the K91 boasts a 55-inch Full HD IPS panel with a 240Hz refresh rate and SRS TruSound.
Both the official Android Market and the Lenovo Store are available on the TV to make apps easy to find and download, such as Skype which can be used with the 5-Megapixel camera which is built into the screen bezel.
The S2 smartphone, IdeaTab S2 10 Tablet and the K91 Android-powered TV are all available right now in China, and will be released worldwide later in the year. We would absolutely love to get our hands on the K91, would you?