Lenovo unveils a trio of Jelly Bean Android tablets

Business-friendly ThinkPad Windows laptops are still Lenovo's best-known product, but that's not stopping the company from hedging its bets with Android.

(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

The China-based manufacturer has unveiled a trio of new tablets at the Mobile World Congress show: the 10-inch S6000 and a pair of 7-inchers, the A3000 and A1000. All three run version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) of Google's tablet operating system. Look for them in the second quarter of the year; pricing info and local availability hasn't yet been specified.

All in all, the specs for these tablets don't look particularly groundbreaking, but without final pricing, it's tough to make a value judgment yet. However, Lenovo is touting cellular (HSPA+) data options on the S6000 and A3000, which eliminates (at least initially) the need to commit to a wireless provider. Dubbed "Lenovo Mobile Access", the tablets will allow broadband connectivity out of the box for a limited time. Thereafter, consumers will be asked to sign on to a participating wireless provider.

Here's what we know about each tablet, based on Lenovo's initial press materials:

Lenovo S6000

  • 10.1-inch IPS (in-plane switching) display with 1280x800-pixel resolution

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

  • 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek 8389/8125 processor

  • Battery life "that allows for more than 8 hours of continuous Wi-Fi web browsing"

  • 8.6mm (0.3385-inch) thick, weighs 560g (1.2346 pounds)

  • Optional HSPA+ cellular data

  • Micro-HDMI port.

Lenovo A3000

  • 7-inch IPS display with 1024x600-pixel resolution

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

  • 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor

  • 11mm (0.4331-inch) thick, weighs 340g (0.7496 pound)

  • MicroSD expansion (up to 64GB total system storage)

  • Optional HSPA+ cellular data.

Lenovo A1000

  • 7-inch display

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor

  • 16GB storage, expandable to 32GB total with microSD slot

  • Front-facing speakers with Dolby Digital Plus sound

  • Available in black or white.

The Lenovo tablets will enter a highly competitive landscape that is already dominated by the likes of Apple, Google and Amazon. Samsung and Hewlett-Packard have also announced new Android tablets at Mobile World Congress.

Via CNET.com



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