Lenovo launched a trio of tablets at MWC and we spared some time to get to know the three Android-based devices better (you can read about the A1000 and the A3000 here).
The flagship model is the S6000 which comes with the Mediatek MTK8389 SoC, a quad-core Cortex-A7 model clocked at 1.2GHz, a 10.1in IPS display with a 800 x 1,280 pixel resolution, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 5-megapixel camera, 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage, a microSD card reader, 1GB of RAM, micro USB and micro HDMI plus a 6,350mAh battery that can power the tablet for up to eight hours.
It is a mere 8.9mm thick and weighs only 560g. There’s also a nifty little Bluetooth keyboard that contains a battery and to which the S6000 docks seamlessly. It doesn’t come with a touchpad but its keyboard chassis doesn’t flex when typing which is always a good thing.
It will roll out in EMEA towards the middle of the year and should be priced at around 299 Euros. Note that the tablet can be equipped with a 3G modem (which also adds, GPS and e-Compass functionality). Unfortunately, at this price range, the tablet is likely to be uncompetitive against the Google Nexus 10, which is slightly more expensive (at £319) but also way more powerful.
In addition, the screen resolution is similar to old generation models and the quad-core Cortex-A7 chip is unlikely to trouble even older SoC like the Nvidia Tegra 3, let alone higher frequency Cortex-A9 models (like the Rockchip RK3066).
That’s not to say that the S6000 is not a nice tablet. It has a similar build quality as the BlackBerry PlayBook and that’s not a bad thing. But unless you prioritise form over features, there are other options on the market including Lenovo’s own IdeaTab A2109. Ultimately, June 2013 is still a few months away and by then, who knows, there might be a few announcements in the tablet market, especially from the Android dark horse, Samsung.