Lenovo at CES 2012: new tablets, a smartphone, and the first Android 4.0 Smart TV

Lenovo at CES 2012: new tablets, a smartphone, and the first Android 4.0 Smart TV

Summary: New tablets, a phone, and a Smart TV all occupy Lenovo's CES 2012 announcement list.

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Just like seemingly every other major electronics company, Lenovo is having a busy CES so far.

First, there's the Idea Tab S2 10, a 10-inch tablet running Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8960 dual core CPU. Offered alongside a detachable keyboard, the device is not only modular, but thin as well: Without the keyboard, it weights in a decidedly-light 1.1 pounds. Oh and it sort of looks like Asus's Transformer.

A bit more powerful is the IdeaTab K2. Focused on gaming and multimedia, the device features Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 processor and a 1200 by 800 pixel resolution display. It's also furnished with 3G and 4G LTE functionality.

Also announced was the S2 smartphone. Built with security in mind, the device features Kernel level protection against theft and phishing. Photography is also a prime concern, as the device features a 8-megapixel "super camera" to play around with

Lenovo also announced the Lenovo K91Smart TV, the first display equipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Also on board is a 5 megapixel camera, which, in conjunction with the display's face recognition technology, allows owners to prevent unauthorized access. Which apparently is a problem for televisions.

All of Lenovo's announced products are available now - in China, at least. Other regions will have to wait a bit longer. No word on pricing.

Topics: Laptops, Android, Google, Hardware, Lenovo, Mobility, Tablets

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  • RE: Lenovo at CES 2012: new tablets, a smartphone, and the first Android 4.0 Smart TV

    I did not realize that unauthorized use was a problem with TV sets. If the TV knows who is watching and what is being watched, that data can be collected for later use. If the TV is stolen, it could refuse to operate making it useless to thieves.
    opcom
    • RE: Lenovo at CES 2012: new tablets, a smartphone, and the first Android 4.0 Smart TV

      @opcom That part about device-aware viewing is something I never thought about, but it makes perfect sense: targeted ads, customized content, (...psychological profiling) are all possible with that type of device... come to think about it, TV was envisioned to be two-way for the purpose of pushing ads. As far as the demographic and possible deeper data collection-- uh-oh... it is "Brave New World" and "1984"... I shudder at the possibilities.
      okiwa002
    • RE: Lenovo at CES 2012: new tablets, a smartphone, and the first Android 4.0 Smart TV

      @opcom That part about device-aware viewing is something I never thought about, but it makes perfect sense: targeted ads, customized content, (...psychological profiling) are all possible with that type of device... come to think about it, TV was envisioned to be two-way for the purpose of pushing ads. As far as the demographic and possible deeper data collection-- uh-oh... it is "Brave New World" and "1984"... I shudder at the possibilities.
      okiwa002
      • RE: Lenovo at CES 2012: new tablets, a smartphone, and the first Android 4.0 Smart TV

        @okiwa002 In Farenheight 451 (the movie..), there was a scene where "friends" gathered around a big screen to play some kind of game. Realtime 2-way TV and it was depicted as wireless, but it was assumed it all went through a switched network. Not much different that todays videogames and I am sure videophones as a real and common appliance are coming. If it becomes an issue, I can take a paper plate and draw a ;-P on it and use that as the token. I have some confidence the recognition of individuals will be able to be turned off by those who don't want it.
        opcom
        • fast forward to Holiday 2013

          Looks as though player recognition is going to be an integral part of next generation console gaming: Microsoft's Xbox One will be shipping with the Kinect One peripheral which will be able to recognize and track up to 8 individuals! And get this: it is ALWAYS ON... and also has voice command capabilities. Looks like you'll need to break out your paper plate for real when playing online with that console. The future (which is now) is not just device aware, but people aware also... time for another sci-fi reference: Minority Report, where people's faces are constantly scanned by biometric cameras... (precisely what the Kinect does!).
          okiwa002