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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Lenovo to Launch Tegra 3 Tablet in 2011?

Chinese manufaturer Lenovo could release a new breed of tablets, which we'll call super tablets, by the end of the year with some ground breaking features.

According to Engadget (opens in new tab), the new tablet, which has yet to be named, could come with an Nvidia Tegra 3 penta core system on chip, which is clocked at 1.6GHz, nearly 25 per cent faster than on the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime (ed: Picture courtesy of Engadget).

Alongside the SoC would be 2GB DDR3 memory, four times the amount as on the iPad 2, a USB socket, a rear facing camera, a special fusion skin body and a fingerprint scanner that doubles as an optical joystick.

What's more, the anonymous source that spilled the beans also says that the tablet will be thinner than the existing IdeaPad K1. Whether it will actually be called an IdeaPad or a ThinkPad tablet remains to be seen as well.

It is very likely that the same hardware will be recycled (and improved) to host the new Windows 8 for ARM operating system that is expected to be launched in the second half of the year.

Rival hardware manufacturer HTC is also said to be launching a tablet based on the Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC. As it stands though, Asus has been the only one to announce and launch one, the Eee Transformer Prime.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.