The Asus Transformer Prime finally has some competition and company from Lenovo. At least this applies to the unique ability of the former to also double up as a netbook with its ability to dock onto a keypad. Recently, Lenovo has also applied the idea to their new IdeaTab S2 10 that comes with a dockable keybaord complete with a battery source of its own.
Of of the new launches in the tablet sector that Lenovo is going to add this year, the 10 inch IdeaTab S2 10 tablet is especially interesting. Apart from its own separate battery backup, the docking station also includes a number of ports which adds to the overall capability of the device.
However, one of the main difference between the IdeaPad S2 10 and the Transformer Prime is that while the former is based on the 1.7 GHz Qualcomm 8960 dual core processor, the Asus offering has the latest Nvidia quad core Tegra 3 chip at its core.
Other features of the Lenovo tablet is that the display is of 1280 x 800 resolution with external device adding capability via the onboard microHDMI port. It has a storage capacity of 64 GB. The device comes with dual cameras and is also Wi-Fi enabled. All these features are packed into the 0.34 inch device that weighs 1.1 pounds.
With the external keyboard docking station and its battery pack attached, the Lenovo tablet gets a thoroughly impressive 20 hours of run time, which comes down to 9 hours without the docking station. Further, the keyboard docking station comes with a card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, and multi-touch touchpad.
As of now, the device is being introduced in the Chinese market and should also be available in the US by the second quarter of 2012.
Meanwhile, Lenovo’s Tegra 3 based tablet offering is all set to be the IdeaPad K2 tablet device, which in turn can be considered the successor to its K1 tablet series that it launched last year.
The K2 tablet model will come with a 10 inch IPS display with 1920 x 1200 resolution. With the latest NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core chip on-board, the tablet will have USB port for expansion, as well as a microHDMI port to attach external devices. For entertainment, the 4 speakers SRS sound should come in handy.
This K2 tablet, however, will not be coming with a detachable docking station and separate battery pack, which would have enhanced its appeal all the more. On offer will be two variants of the K2—3G and Wi-Fi versions—though both will have 65 GB of memory capacity.
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