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Lenovo spins two Android tablets, one five-inch smartphone

Nov 29, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Lenovo announced three dual-core Android gadgets destined for China: a five-inch LePad S2005 I smartphone, a seven-inch LePad S2007 tablet, and a 10.1-inch LePad S2010 tablet. In the U.S., meanwhile, AT&T announced the 4G LTE-ready LG Nitro HD smartphone, featuring a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and a 4.5-inch display with Galaxy Nexus-like 1280 x 720 resolution.

In an event held in Beijing, Lenovo unveiled an Android-based LePad S2005 smartphone and two Android tablets — the LePad S2007 and the LePad S2010 — according to a report from Engadget. All three devices are expected to be available in December in China, while the S2010, at least, is rumored to be available in the U.S. eventually as the IdeaTab K2.

LePad S2005

Lenovo's LePad S2005 smartphone, which will be branded under the IdeaTab name in other markets, runs Android 2.3.5 on a dual-core, 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor with 1GB of RAM, says Engadget, which published the photo above.

The big story here is the huge, five-inch, LTPS (low-temperature polycrystalline silicon) display, featuring a 178-degree viewing angle. Unfortunately, all that screen real estate is covered by just 800 x 480 pixels, which Engadget notes is the same as the unsuccessful, five-inch Dell Streak 5.

The LePad S2005 is said to be further equipped with HSPA+ cellular service, as well as both five-megapixel and 1.3-megapixel cameras. Additional features are said to include a micro-USB port, micro-HDMI port, and a 1680mAh battery. The 9.95mm (0.39-inch) thick phone weighs 198 grams (6.98 ounces), says the story.

LePad S2007 and LePad S2010

Lenovo's new Android tablets — the LePad S2007 and the LePad S2010 — share many specs in common, says Engadget. These are said to include Android 3.2 running on a dual-core, 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor with 1GB RAM, and a promise to upgrade to Android 4.0. Other common features include a 1280 x 800 IPS (in-plane switching) display, which delivers 216ppi (points per inch) density on the seven-inch LePad S2007, according to the story.

Lenovo's LePad S2010 on top, with the LePad S2007 on the lower left and the LePad S2005 smartphone on the right
Source: Engadget

In addition, both tablets are said to offer eight- and 1.3-megapixel cameras, says the story. They are also said to offer dual-mode 3G cellular service, supporting both China Telecom's EV-DO and China Unicom's WCDMA networks.

The S2007 measures 9.7mm (0.38 inches) thick, weighs 360 grams (12.7 ounces), and is claimed to last up to eight hours on its 3,780mAh battery, says Engadget. The 10.1-inch LePad S2010, meanwhile is said to measure 9.9mm (0.39 inches) thick, weigh a hefty 670 grams (23.6 ounces), and run for up to 11 hours on its 7560mAh battery.

The 10.1-inch LePad S2010 will eventually be sold outside of China as the IdeaTab K2, says the story. This summer, Lenovo introduced two Android 3.1, 10.1-inch tablets: the IdeaPad Tablet K1 and a business-focused ThinkPad Tablet. (Each tablet offers an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, a 10.1-inch WXGA display, and dual cameras, but the ThinkPad also features pen support and a standard-size USB port and SD reader.)

In September, the company launched the seven-inch IdeaPad A1. That $200-and-up tablet runs Android 2.3 on a 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor. Earlier Lenovo Android smartphones have included the LePhone

AT&T debuts LG Nitro HD

AT&T announced that on Dec. 4 it will begin selling the LG Nitro HD smartphone for $250 on contract, reports our sister publication eWEEK. The 4G LTE phone runs Android 2.3 on a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, and features a 4.5-inch display with an impressive, Galaxy Nexus-like 1280 x 720 pixel IPS display, according to specs posted by LG.

The LG Nitro HD (pictured) is almost identical to the LG Optimus LTE, which began shipping last month in South Korea. The phone is similarly fitted with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and a 16GB microSD card, says LG.

The high-res display offers a 16:9 aspect ratio and 500 nits (candelas per square meter) of luminance, according to AT&T. The screen is further touted for its sunlight readability and accurate true-to-life color rendering.

In addition, the Nitro 4G offers a high-end, eight-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, as well as a front-facing 1.0-megapixel camera, says the company. Other features are said to include an DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) support, as well as Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth.

The 10.4mm (0.41-inch) thick device weighs 4.5 ounces — slightly less than the 4.76-ounce LG Optimus LTE — and runs on the same 1830mAh battery, according to LG. The LG Nitro will be available with Zynga Poker HD, as well as HD titles from the Gameloft HD game store, says AT&T.

The phone joins the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and and HTC Vivid as the third Android handset in AT&T's 4G LTE portfolio. According to an Nov. 29 report in eWEEK, LG announced that Android 4.0 ("Ice Cream Sandwich") upgrades will be coming to the Optimus LTE, but made no mention of the Nitro 4G.

Other phones slated for the ICS upgrade are not currently available in the U.S. These include the Optimus 2X, Optimus Black, and Optimus 3D, says the story. The Optimus 2X, however, is sold in the U.S. as T-Mobile's G2X.

The eWEEK story also reported on Sony's Android 4.0 plans. According to the story, the company's Xperia Android line will get the ICS upgrade.

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