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Lenovo Launches IdeaTab S2109 With iPad 2-like Screen

Lenovo has launched a new tablet called the IdeaTab S2109 that looks a lot like the Apple iPad 2 (or the HP TouchPad or the Viewsonic Viewpad 9.7). Like the aforementioned tablets, it comes with a 9.7-inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio and an IPS panel with a 1,024 by 768 pixels resolution.

The tablet will run on a TI OMAP processor with a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera (nothing at the back), a microUSB port, microHDMI, microSD card slot, four speakers with SRS Trumedia compatibility, a battery that can last for up to 10 hours, a unibody chassis with a "gunmetal" finish and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Previous tablets from Lenovo used either Intel, Nvidia or TI processors; no details about pricing, availability, the amount of system memory or onboard storage have been revealed yet.

The tablet will offer both access to Google Play (Android Market) and Lenovo's own app store. Like other Android tablets from Lenovo, expect some useful apps to be bundled out of the box.

It will be interesting to see how Ice Cream Sandwich copes with the disparity of screen form factors on the market, ranging from 16:9, 16:10 and now 4:3.

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.