Hands on: Lenovo Ideatab S2110A review

Transformer-like 10.1-inch Android 4.0 tablet with keyboard dock

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3 Megapixel

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With a lot of the buzz concentrated on Windows 8 tablets at IFA 2012, what about little old Android?

Well, there was the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, of course, but Lenovo hasn't forgotten about Android tablets – though sadly they don't ship with Android Jelly Bean.

Lenovo Ideatab S2110A

The snappily-named Lenovo Ideatab S2110A is a 10.1-incher that joins the new 7-inch and 9-inch Ideatab A2107A and A2109A also launched here at Europe's biggest tech show. All three feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Lenovo Ideatab S2110A

The Ideatab S2110A is, says Lenovo, "a premium entertainment tablet." That may be so, but we think it probably deserves a less laudable title being, as it is, rather similar to the Asus Transformer, with a detachable keyboard dock. It's also matches the screen resolution of the original Transformer, with a 1,280 x 800 display outputting a brightness of 420nits.

Lenovo Ideatab S2110A

Lenovo claims a 178-degree viewing angle for the multitouch screen, and even we were in a fairly dark room while we were taking these shots it's an extremely bright display that seemed decent from all angles.

As we've now come to expect from such devices, the keyboard dock doubles the battery life of the tablet with up to 20 hours. The keyboard itself is typical Lenovo - solid and functional, but still good to type on. The trackpad, too, doesn't feel at all flimsy.

Lenovo Ideatab S2110A

As for processing oomph, the S2110A features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 clocked at 1GHz. We did find this surprising since the smaller A2109A has an Nvidia Tegra 3 under the hood instead.

The tablet detaches with a press of the button shown here at the top of the keyboard.

Lenovo Ideatab S2110A

Other specs include a Micro-HDMI port for outputting 1080p Full HD to a TV, as well as an SD card reader and USB ports. There's also a 5MP, auto-focusing rear camera with LED flash as well as a 1.3MP front-facing camera and 1GB of memory.

Lenovo Ideatab S2110A

The Lenovo Ideatab S2110A UK release date and price are yet to be announced, although the tablet is already available in the US for $399.

Early verdict

It's not exactly a new concept, but the quality of the S2110A can't be denied. That price point is encouraging, too - even if tablets with Full HD screens are now entering the market. Which does beg the question - why now?

Lenovo Ideatab S2110A

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Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyIdeaTab
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelT30SL
Operating SystemAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Brand NameLenovo
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size22.9 cm (9")
Number of Cells2-cell
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)570 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height178 mm
Width259.8 mm
Depth11.7 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product ModelA2109A
Product NameIdeaTab A2109A
Product LineIdeaTab
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberMAR1PUK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing InformationFUN GUARANTEED, AT HOME OR ON THE ROAD.

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Package Contents
  • IdeaTab A2109A
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year