Lenovo’s new consumer Android tablet starts at $349

Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1

The Black Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1 features a leather textured back with a metal rim. Image: Lenovo

The base price for a tablet has seriously fallen from 2010 and 2011. Now a baseline price is around $350 or $400 for a high-end  tablet whereas in 2010 and 2011 you had to pay at least $500 for a high-end tablet.

Lenovo was among the first group of companies to actually launch high-end Android tablet in 2011, the Lenovo tablet was named IdeaPad K1 and it featured a 10.1-inch touchscreen and Android Honeycomb for a base price of $500.

Fast forward to May of 2012 and Lenovo is launching another high-end Android tablet, but now the price is $350 for the baseline model and the chosen display size is 9.7-inches.

Lenovo’s new tablet offering has been dubbed IdeaTab S2109, a slightly longer name than the IdeaPad K1 but that’s okay.

Lenovo IdeaTab S2109

Behold, the new thin and light Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 Android 4.0 tablet. Image: Lenovo

Features wise the IdeaTab S2109 shares some things in common with the old IdeaPad K1 tablet. The new IdeaTab S2109 is powered by a 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor that is manufactured by Texas Instruments, the K1 had a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core A9 processor. Just like the K1 you get 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM with the IdeaTab S2109. The IdeaTab and IdeaPad tablets both share similar connectivity ports with micro-USB, mini HDMI and a microSD card slot.

The differences between the two tablets start at the displays. The IdeaTab S2109 is supplied with a 9.7-inch XGA (1024×768) resolution IPS display with a 178 degree maximum viewing angle, the IdeaPad K1 had a 10.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) resolution IPS display. Camera wise the new IdeaTab only has a 1.3MP front-facing camera, the IdeaPad K1 had 2MP front and 5MP rear cameras. The new IdeaTab is lighter than the old IdeaPad K1, the IdeaTab weights 1.3-pounds and the K1 weighted 1.65-pounds.

Battery life for the new Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 is estimated at up to 10 hours of use and battery standby is said to be 30 days for this tablet. We’ll have to wait for the IdeaTab S2109 is officially released to see just how well those numbers hold up to real-world usage.

Lenovo is going to launch the new IdeaTab S2109 tablet in early June at Office Depot stores and presumably on their own online store with a starting price of $349. The IdeaTab S2109 tablet will launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, something the old IdeaPad K1 never got to see, in-case you were wondering.

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