Lenovo's IdeaTab S2109: Android 4.0 tablet for $349

Lenovo's new tablet boasts Android 4.0, an HD display, 1.27 lbs. of weight and 10 hours of battery life. Will it be your friend in business class?
Written by Andrew Nusca, Contributor


Do BYOD-minded business folks finally have another tablet option?

Lenovo formally announced its IdeaTab S2109 yesterday, a 9.7-inch device running Google Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich.

(If it sounds familiar, it's because the company accidentally let the cat out of the bag in April. Oops.)

The company pitches the S2 variant as a multimedia device, which we at ZDNet hope comes in handy during that 7-hour transatlantic flight we've been frequenting lately. To accomplish this, it's got a Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual core processor and 1GB of system memory under the hood -- along with a 720p HD in-plane switching ("IPS") display, four SRS surround sound speakers and a Micro HDMI output that upgrades the HD to a full 1080p on an external display.

It's one-third of an inch thick and 1.27 lbs. in weight -- about a quarter-pound lighter than Apple's offering.

Good news for weary shoulders while waiting in the painfully-long line at customs, but can it stay on long enough to make it through? Lenovo says the S2109 is good for 10 hours of active battery life or 700 hours on standby -- not bad for three Benjamins and a Grant. (Don't know your U.S. currency? Look it up.)

Lenovo says it will be available early next month -- which begins tomorrow, mind you -- at its website and Office Depot.

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