Following in the wake of Samsung’s and HP’s announcements yesterday, Lenovo has unveiled three new tablets to join the Android fray. These include a pair of 7-inch models, the A1000 and A3000, and a 10-inch slate, the S6000.
Lenovo’s two 7-inch tablets and 10.1-inch tablet all run Google’s Android operating system and feature enhanced audio and dual-core or quad-core processors.
The company is positioning the A1000 as “ideal for first-time tablet buyers,” which suggests a budget price point as does the dual-core processor. Lenovo says it has up to 16GB of internal capacity, which may mean there will be 8GB and 16GB versions, though the A1000 will come with a microSD card slot for additional storage. One premium feature is the inclusion of Dolby Digital Plus technology for improved audio performance.
In comparison, the A3000 gets a quad-core MediaTek processor and a vague promise of ” extensive memory, ” though the IPS display only has a resolution of 1,024×600. You do get the option of 3G connectivity if you need to get online while away from a Wi-Fi connection.
While the S6000 doesn’t have all of the top-end features of Google’s Nexus 10, it may turn out to be a lower-cost competitor. It will also make use of a quad-core MediaTek processor (the MTK 8389/8125), and the company promises a “substantial battery” in a 20-ounce package. Again, resolution on this IPS screen is not ultra-high res — 1,280×800 — but presumably the price tag is not ultra-high, either.
“Lenovo’s latest Android tablet family is designed to meet the demands of a wide range of customers, particularly young, active users who are always on the go, and have adopted the 7-inch form factor as their own. With these latest additions to our tablet portfolio, we’ve created devices that address these customers’ needs, as well as devices for more demanding gamers and multimedia users,” Chen Wenhui, vice president and general manager of Lenovo’s mobile business unit, said in a statement. “We believe that our Android family of tablets will appeal to customers across the world as we’ve built our products to be highly accessible and flexible to serve multiple needs and budgets.”
Unfortunately, Lenovo hasn’t disclosed the pricing on any of the three new tablets, though it says they will be released sometime in the second quarter of this year.