We knew that ASUS would be far from the only manufacturer working on a new tablet featuring the beastly NVIDIA Tegra 3 and Ice Cream Sandwich, and Engadget got their hands on some exclusive details of an upcoming Lenovo tablet that looks to give the Transformer Prime a run for its money. The tablet, said to be out by the end of the year, not only packs the Tegra 3, but 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a full-size USB port, a "fusion-skin body," and a fingerprint scanner/optical joystick on the backside, all powered by Android 4.0.


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Sorry, no pics of the front. Seems some leakers happen to "skip" the important details.

The most interesting feature of this slate is undoubtedly the fingerprint scanner/optical trackpad on the backside. While this is an interesting design choice, its use seems practical in nature -- but it's hard to say for sure until we spend some hands-on time with the device.

Unfortunately, there's no word of a suggested price for this seemingly-impressive device, but I imagine it will be pretty competitive with the Prime. Given the choice between the two (and assuming they have similar price points), which would you choose -- the razor thin, keyboard boasting Prime, or the Lenovo tablet, with an on-device USB port and and extra geebee of RAM?


Cameron Summerson
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  • Bas

    I want to see the froooonnntttt >.<

  • Jaz

    In this case I would have to see them side by side. I love the extra memory, fingerprint scanner and full usb port but I love the thinness of the prime and the optional keyboard. I guess it will all depend on reviews and prices. I can't wait. I like the iPad 2 and how easy everything works on it but Android just has so many more options.

    • Scott

      And that for me is why I chose Android; options. Even without being rooted (I don't trust myself not to brick my phone), the amount of customization I can do is the biggest selling point to me. With the ability to have external storage as well as a removable battery, makes it the best choice for me.

  • Dennis F. Heffernan

    I would go with the Lenovo, ceteris paribus. We already have tablets with keyboards; they're called "laptops".

    • Ryuuie

      Except ASUS has proven that they can give fast updates and will support their older hardware.

      We've known nothing about the A1 or ThinkPad getting ICS. Not to mention there's no way of knowing that ICS on this won't be skinned like it is on Lenovo.

      The only skin changes on ASUS' tablets are the buttons, really.

    • ABTBenjamins

      I own a TF101, solely for the expandability offered by the keyboard. I use it maybe 10% of the time I use my tablet but I wouldn't want my tablet without it. Sometimes I need to actual use my tablet for more than mindless browsing, and I'm thankful that it replaced the need for a laptop.

  • Hal Motley

    This tablet looks like it could really pack a punch and become the new iPad killer. I would almost certainly do more research into this tablet!

  • http://www.christiantechsaz.com Aaron

    Goodbye G-Slate, helllloooo unnamed Lenovo ICS tablet....

  • L boogie

    Let the quad-core wars commence, first the Prime (still picking this one up), now this lenovo beast plus Acer & Htc is coming out with their versions, 2012 is gonna be an awesome year for tablets.

  • http://www.charliemathews.com Charlie

    Finally! Tablets are getting exciting!

  • Dan

    I would go for the Lenovo. I think more people would go for the Asus. The extra RAM and the USB host are the killer points for me.

    • Nocturnhabeo

      That ram is going to be awesome when some of the Heavy duty programs start dropping for android that require almost a full computer setup

  • the Goat

    The specks look outstanding (except the missing front facing camera). But tell me, does it have a locked boot loader? Locked boot loader is a deal breaker for me.

  • jjrudey

    It's a tough choice. I'll wait for prices and reviews.

  • vectorman

    Life is short, and at 74, no time to wait, wait, wait. I'll jump on the Prime on day 1 of pre-order, and if the Lenovo looks good at launch, I'll snap it up too; what's life without toys!

  • Brent

    How do you know the Asus Prime will only be 1 gb, not 2gb or upgradable? Why would Asus pair a 5.2ghz capable core with 1 gb ram? They're a motherboard designer, they know better I would assume.

    • ABTBenjamins

      Go on over to the official site for the prime and look under specifications. 1GB memory. Asus dropped the ball on that decision. The super slim form factor makes it pretty difficult for the device to pack the ram in there.

    • Joe

      "5.2ghz" Okay.. PLEASE, for humanity, never reproduce. Just because it has 4 cores clocked at 1.4GHz (and one at 500MHz) doesn't mean you can add them up. Before you go on to give advise about technology, understand what you are saying and make sure it is at least somewhat true. Also, 1GB of RAM isn't too little to run a ton of things. Developers are just becoming less efficient with their code because we have RAM available for cheap. Would I like 2GB of RAM? Sure. Will I really miss it over the next few years? Probably not unless I'm doing some really intensive things.