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Noon News: Lenovo Launches IdeaTab S2109, HTC Announces 5p Weekend, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Goes on Preorder

Lenovo has launched a new tablet called the IdeaTab S2109 (opens in new tab) 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.

HTC has announced the launch of its 5p Weekends (opens in new tab) which offers 50 films available to watch for only 5p via the Watch application on any HTC phones that come with Sense UI 3.0 or higher. The promotion will be running every weekend and is restricted to the UK for now with no limits on the amount of movies you can view or download - although you cannot download movies over 3G which is a sensible thing to do.

Both Expansys and Clove have put the newly announced Motorola RAZR MAXX (opens in new tab) on preorder for £430 and £430.80 respectively with Clove throwing in a free pair of folding speakers worth £20. Clove expects the first stock to be available from mid-May. The smartphone is a variant of the Motorola RAZR with a slightly thicker profile (8.99mm which is still thinner than the iPhone 4S) which is due to the much bigger battery - a 3300mAh battery - used that allows the MAXX to deliver up to 17.6 hours of talk time.

US-based Office Depot is the first retailer to list the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (opens in new tab) 10.1-inch on preorder for only $399.99 (which will surely translate into a £399.99 selling price in the UK). The listing has since been removed. The tablet comes with almost the same set of features as the original 10.1-inch tablet except for the amount of onboard memory (8GB) and the fact that it comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by default.

Samsung has confirmed to Engadget (opens in new tab) that it will not add 3D goodness to its soon-to-be-released smartphones which almost certainly means that the Galaxy S3 won't come with a 3D screen. The Korean company issued a short statement to Engadget saying "Although Samsung Electronics is constantly exploring new technologies for our mobile devices, we have no immediate plan to include displays featuring 3D technology in our upcoming smartphones."

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.