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MWC 2013: Hands on pictures of the Lenovo Ideatab S6000 tablet

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 (opens in new tab). 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.

Désiré Athow
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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 ITProPortal.com 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.