Lenovo, "the world's number two PC company," has just introduced a bevvy of new Android-powered devices, emphasizing their specs and compatibility with Lenovo's "Personal Cloud," which promises to make the company a "personal cloud solution." Liu Jun, Senior VP and President of Lenovo's Mobile Internet and Digital Home business group, explained the significance of the Personal Cloud:
Lenovo is breaking down the barriers of device differentiation and weaving together hardware, software, and cloud services that are connected, experiential, and dynamic. We understand our users need more than just the traditional keyboard and screen for a truly satisfying digital experience. Our Personal Cloud vision integrates all devices, from tablets to TVs, for a comprehensive mobile Internet experience anytime, anywhere.
Among Lenovo's newly-announced devices are the IdeaTab S2 10 and S2 Smartphone. The IdeaTab S2 10 looks to be an attractive (if not equally powerful) tablet, ringing in at a miniscule weight of 1.27 pounds. Here's a look at what's under the hood:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8960 Dual-Core Processor at 1.5GHz
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (with Lenovo's Mondrian overlay)
- 10.1" 1280x800 IPS Display
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB/32GB/64GB Internal Storage
- Wi-Fi And 3G Connectivity
- A variety of ports including micro USB, micro SD, Micro HDMI, SIM card, 3.5mm audio jack
- 5MP Camera and 1.3MP Front shooter
The IdeaTab S2 10 will also be compatible with a Transformer-style keyboard dock, and promises a 20 hour battery life.
The S2 Smartphone emphasizes security, featuring "a unique, kernel-level security system to protect personal data, prevent phishing, and control network and SMS traffic." The phone will also be available in two forms: the 8GB version (which also has more RAM) or a souped-up 16GB model. Here's a look at the phone's full spec list:
- Qualcomm MSM8255 dual-core processor at 1.4GHz
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with Lenovo Magic 3.0)
- 3.8" 800x480 TFT display
- 512MB RAM (for the 8GB version) or 1GB RAM (for the 16GB variant)
- WCDMA and HSPA+ Connectivity
- 8MP Camera and .3MP Front shooter
- Micro USB, 3.5mm audio, HDMI and MHL Connectivity
- 1500mAh battery
While slightly outdated in terms of software, the S2 Smartphone's hardware certainly sounds impressive, and the device's form factor isn't too bad either, boasting a "round arc design" and a combination of metal and plastic build components. Also of note is the phone's one-key sharing function, which allows for exceedingly easy sharing across a variety of social media platforms.
Of course both of these devices are compatible with Lenovo's Personal Cloud. While neither packs particularly revolutionary specs, they seem to be formidable entries into the mobile electronics world, and it will certainly be interesting to see Lenovo's take on cloud-based media storage, particularly as the manufacturer touts cloud compatibility with the K91, the world's first TV running Android 4.0. No pricing information has yet been released, but we'll be here to cover any additional details that roll out.