Lenovo has launched three new LePad tablets in China yesterday, following on from the origianl IdeaPad K1. All three devices ship with the W-CDMA bands needed for China Unicom’s network. The new LePad S2005 has got the most attention from the media. The 5-inch device occupies the same confusing is-it-a-phone-or-a-tablet space as Dell’s Streak 5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note. Lenovo new “Tabletphone” might be aiming to create a new category of all-in-one tablet-mobiles …
The LePad S2005 sports Android 2.3.5, comes with a 5-inch 800 x 480 LTPS display with a 178-degree viewing angle. Under the hood can be found a Qualcomm dual-core 1.2 GHz chip, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage with microSD expansion. It has a 1080p capable 5 megapixel camera and 1.3 megapixel front facer. In addition, there’s a 1680 mAh battery to power it all. The device will also come sporting a micro-USB port and micro-HDMI out port. All of this comes jam packed in a 9.95 mm thin casing weighing no more than 198 grams. Lenovo hasn’t announced the price for LePad S2005. The new “Tabletphone” is set to go on sale in mid-December.
Everyone is carrying around a tablet these days, but they also have to carry around a smartphone. A big display like the Samsung Galaxy Note may just give them a reason to leave the tablet behind and carry one single device. The “Tabletphone” may actually capture the imagination for some mobile user. However, we have seen how Dell Streak 5 inch mobile failed badly. The main reason with Dell Streak failing was it’s crappy OS (Android 1.6) and it’s bad publicity. As for Galaxy Note, Samsung has provided a vintage stylus and some dedicated pen writing apps, which bring us back to the PDA’s era, but the price is also a way too high for average consumer. Let’s hope the Chinese company can set an attractive price for the LePad S2005.
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