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Lenovo, the company best known for making some pretty sweet laptops and violating the seventh commandment, has released the IdeaTab A2109 at Best Buy. This 9" slate packs a 1.2GHz Tegra 3 processor, a 1280x800 display, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. At $300, this tablet is just barely more expensive than the comparable 16GB Nexus 7. For your extra $50 you not only get a bigger screen, but a rear facing camera and HDMI output. Not bad.

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The A2109 ships with Ice Cream Sandwich on board. No word yet on if a Jelly Bean update is in the works. If you're looking to pick up this tablet either way, you can order it from Best Buy online or head to your local store. Lenovo also has the seven-inch A2107 up its sleeves, but as of right now we have no information on when it will be available. Hopefully the wait won't be too much longer, though. The inexpensive tablet market is heating up rather quickly.

Source: Best Buy

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • DOmega

    Best But!

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    it may be a good deal... but its still no nexus :)

    • fixxmyhead

      anyone wanna buy a nexus 7?

  • r3drox

    That escalated quickly

  • jammer

    I wouldn't be surprised if they get Jelly Bean on this tab, but it might take a while. My Lenovo A1 has a pre-released ICS on it when no one ever thought it would get the upgrade from gingerbread. The A1,although outdated, has great build quality. It's heavy but solid. Hopefully they built this one similarly. It has potential to be very competitive.

  • http://twitter.com/Stoutlagger Rob

    I'd rather have a smaller 7 inch tablet with an HDMI out... Until they make one, I'll stick with my SGT2 7.0

  • Himmat Singh

    Wow...that's a pretty impressive spec-list for the price. Finally some manufacturer has sense knocked into themselves. We should start seeing much lower priced new tablets from manufacturers in the coming months...all good for the consumer. My next upgrade will be the Nexus 7 if it comes to Malaysia with a very similar (not inflated) price after conversion to the US. Otherwise will upgrade to Tegra 4 next year June. In between, I'm definitely getting a Win 8 tab (probably Surface if it does launch at $199).

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidtb Dt Bell

    Thank you Eric,
    The specs don't impress, I hope they're not banking on their rep to sell this, what's with the 16gig? Not 32, 64? chips are cheap, and for a short period they'd have cornered the market with a "SuperDroid".
    Lenovo (and a couple of other companies) seem to have a shot in the foot policy of "non-oneupmanship". I don't get it, maybe they take turns.

    • UniBroW

      This should be 1900x1200, 128 gigs of memory, 2 gigs of RAM, external flux drive charging and occasionally crap out magic unicorns for $175. clearly a no buy from me.

      but in all seriousness, the one "review" on best buy's site says the display sucks. Take it for what it's worth, if the display is good then this is a good buy. If it turns out to be Viewsonic G tab 2.0 then this sucks.

      • b_to_the_randon

        Yeah.. You can complain about the specs not being "newer" but those are good specs at the $300 range. The make-or-break for this is the quality of the display. If it's Nexus 7 IPS display goodness then we've got a winner.

        • UniBroW

          Yeah, this is definitely a winner if it has a good screen

          -Dave

          Sent from my Galaxy S III

        • http://twitter.com/Rovex Rovex

          Goodness?? The N7 screen sucks!! Its just plain bad. Washed out, poor viewing angles, grainy texture. Rubbish

          • b_to_the_randon

            We'll have to agree to disagree then. I've gone through quite a few tablets, including iPad 1 and 2, as well as a ViewSonic gTablet, ASUS TF100 and HTC Flyer and the Nexus 7 hands down has the best display of any of those.

          • http://twitter.com/Rovex Rovex

            We will, its awful. No match for my Tab 8.9 screen and one of the worst IPS displays ive seen yet. Like the rest of the N7, its feels cheap. In fairness, it is cheap, but that fact is obvious.

          • b_to_the_randon

            I'll agree with you that a PLS display is going to beat a plain IPS display any day of the week, however you paid a premium for that Tab 8.9 ($440 on Amazon for the P7300, $510 for the P7310).

            Again, for what you pay versus what you get, the display on the Nexus 7 blows everything in it's price tier out of the water. Also in response you could drop $499 for a iPad 3 and argue that it makes your P7300's display look ugly.

          • http://twitter.com/Rovex Rovex

            Actually im in the UK, i paid just £239 for my Tab 8.9, the N7 is £199.

          • marcusmaximus04

            I... think you've either not seen an N7 or are mixing it up with something else. The "poor viewing angles" is the dead giveaway here, everything remains perfect up through ridiculously skewed viewing angles; I'm trying it right now and literally can't get a visible change in color or anything else regardless of the viewing angle.

          • http://trevorsullivan.net/ Trevor Sullivan

            I agree with you there -- I was incredibly disappointed with the Google Nexus 7 LCD panel. I thought I was the only one who thought the colors were incredibly washed out!

          • Tyler Chappell

            Yeah I noticed it when comparing it to my Thunderbolt since I had the same background on both devices. The Thunderbolt's are significantly more vibrant/saturated without at all being oversaturated.

      • http://trevorsullivan.net/ Trevor Sullivan

        Seriously -- when are Android hardware manufacturers going to STEP IT UP!? This is embarrassing, compared to Apple hardware. I hate to admit it, but the "new iPad" has a ridiculously nice screen, not to mention a FABULOUS PowerVR SGX540-MP (multi-core) GPU.

        • http://twitter.com/Rovex Rovex

          Thats a premium device, this isnt. The iPad has other issues, like a non-standard resolution that causes scaling in movies, and to my eyes the wrong aspect ratio. I greatly prefer a real HD resolution to the Retinas resolution.

          • http://trevorsullivan.net/ Trevor Sullivan

            PROTIP: 1280x800 is not a "real HD resolution" either.

          • UniBroW

            you haven't been around here very long have you or just not paying attention? the 1200x800 is because of the on screen buttons, apps and such utilize the 1200x720 display. So movies and games are in 720p

  • UmangKedia

    IdeaPad or IdeaTab??

    • Scott Porter

      The box (I bought one at BB today) says IdeaTab. The screen is not good. Much worse than the N7. I know that a bigger screen means more weight -- but it is not comfortable to hold. Once you pass that threshold of not being comfortable, might as well go with a 9.7 or 10.1 screen. The speakers sound better than the N7.

      • Scott Porter

        Okay -- so I didn't get around to return this yet -- I saw somewhere else that the weird flexing around the speakers is because the cover comes off and reveals an MicroSD slot -- my 64GB SanDisk that I got on Amazon during the $49.99 sale works great -- now maybe I keep it after seeing what announcements come out in the next 25 days!!

  • http://trevorsullivan.net/ Trevor Sullivan

    Epic fail.

    * 1280x800 LCD panel (never seen THAT resolution before!)
    * No Micro SD card slot
    * Only 16GB of storage
    * [Still] only 1GB of RAM
    * No Android Jelly Bean 4.1

    Pros

    * Micro HDMI connection
    * Tegra 3

    Pretty disappointing -- when are hardware manufacturers going to produce EXCEPTIONAL hardware?

    • http://twitter.com/Rovex Rovex

      Um this IS cheap, but thoroughly decently specced. Its very nice for the price indeed. I really dont see your problem, there are higher priced, higher spec units out there if you want one.

      • http://trevorsullivan.net/ Trevor Sullivan

        16GB of storage? Come on, this is essentially the same as the 16GB Nexus 7, but costs $50 more. They need to justify why it costs so much more, but doesn't provide anything exceptional.

        By the way, DRAM prices are ridiculously cheap, so why only a paltry 1GB of RAM?

        • Himmat Singh

          Dude, the 50 buks extra cost is easily offset by the larger screen. Plus, Google's selling the Nexus at not much profit...Lenovo can't afford to do the same.

        • marcusmaximus04

          "They need to justify why it costs so much more"

          Bigger screen. The screens are a massive percentage of the cost to build devices like this. You put in a bigger screen? The cost is going to go up.

        • http://twitter.com/Rovex Rovex

          $50 is nothing, the screen more than accounts for that.

    • marcusmaximus04

      Seriously? It's $300. Why are you expecting the absolute most amazing hardware from something at this cost?

      • http://trevorsullivan.net/ Trevor Sullivan

        It costs $50 more than the Nexus 7, with no compelling benefits, other than the 9" display (which probably doesn't cost all that much more).

        • marcusmaximus04

          Look at the teardown analysis of the Nexus 7. The display is the single most expensive component in it, being more than 50% higher cost than the second most expensive component. The second most expensive component, by the way, is the touch layer.

          Increasing the size of both of those costs money; a lot of money.

        • http://twitter.com/Rovex Rovex

          I dont know how nice this feels, but it would be hard to feel and cheap as the N7. The back panel is a joke, you can rip it of with one fingernail! I know this because i did, in an attempt to fix the lifting screen and appalling light bleed.

    • Himmat Singh

      Hah...you never seen that resolution before? Most Android tabs have that resolution. Can't tell if you're trying to be sarcastic here.

      • http://trevorsullivan.net/ Trevor Sullivan

        Um, yes. That's why I included the proper emphasis.

      • http://trevorsullivan.net/ Trevor Sullivan

        ps. I own a Nexus 7 with that very same resolution.

  • http://twitter.com/Rovex Rovex

    9 inches really is the ideal size. I have a Galaxy Tab 8.9 and its just the perfect size. The 10 inch units are unwieldy and the 7 inch units are just jumbo phones.

  • cs

    Ok, all it sucks/it doesn't suck arguments aside, what's the chance that this tablet will see developer love (CM9/10)? I don't see much activity on XDA and the like for Lenovo tablets...

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