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Well, Mobile World Congress is officially underway, and Lenovo just kicked things off the only way it knows how: with three fairly mundane tablets. They've given each of the three a "subtitle" of sorts to suggest that they may actually be more than they are, but they're not fooling anyone. These are undoubtedly the "John Smith" of the tablet world – they're just average, everyday devices.

S6000

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The company is touting the S6000 as its "home entertainment center." That's a pretty big title to live up to for something like a tablet, and honestly, it's almost there. Almost. There's one huge exception: the display. And it's hard to be a breakout "entertainment" device with a subpar display.

The S6000 features a 10.1-inch 1280x800 IPS display, 1.2GHz MTK 8389/8125 quad-core processor, HSPA+ connectivity (alongside Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, of course). It's fairly thin and light, measuring only 8.6mm thick and tipping the scale at a meager 560g. As expected from these sorts of announcements, the company didn't share other specs, so we don't yet know how much RAM is in the unit or what version of Android it's running. You know, some of the important stuff.

Honestly, the S6000 could have been a great tablet – 1280x800 is just too small for modern tablets above seven inches. Couple that with a couple of gigs of RAM and a low price point, and this could've been a great little gadget. Alas, it is what it is.

A3000

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And then there's the A3000, Lenovo's "full performance in a compact package" device. Once again, Lenovo went with a low-res display on a device that could've been better with one small spec bump: 7-inch 1024x600 display, 1.2GHz MTK quad-core processor, and microSD card slot. At 11mm, this one's actually a bit thicker than the S6000, but it's only 340g, so at least it's lighter. Otherwise, Lenovo left us playing the guessing game on the remaining specs.

A1000

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You can probably already see where this is going, so I'll just get to it. The A1000 holds the "pocket studio with Dolby" title, and is the weakest of the three. Like its slightly more powerful brother, it also has a seven-inch display, though Lenovo left the resolution out of the spec sheet on this one. Probably safe to assume it's 1024x600, because it's hard to imagine a company putting a higher-res display in its lower-end tablet.

Otherwise, it packs a 1.2GHz MTK dual-core processor and Dolby Digital Plus with a set of front-facing speakers. It comes with 16GB of on-board storage, but also has a microSD card slot for future expansion. Woo.

This trio is set to go on sale sometime in Q2 2013, and is said to be "priced to ensure maximum accessibility to a premium user experience for all customer." Awesome.

BARCELONA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lenovo (HKSE: 0992) (PINK SHEETS: LNVGY) today announced a line-up of new Android tablets, offering configurations and form factors to match consumer needs for both ultra-portable tablets and multimedia performers. The portfolio, which also boasts unique connectivity features, will be available starting in the second quarter 2013.

The range starts with two new A-series tablets, seven-inch devices, designed for optimal mobility while still packing a performance punch. The A1000 is ideal for first-time tablet buyers and features enhanced audio, while the A3000 offers quad-core processing for speedy performance whether for gaming or web-browsing. Alongside these models, Lenovo also announced the new 10-inch S6000, which offers extended I/O options, a large, vibrant screen and a super-slim profile that looks sophisticated and elegant, whether the user is web-surfing in the coffee shop or enjoying movies and games at home.

“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 seven-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,” said Chen Wenhui, vice president Lenovo and GM Mobile BU, “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.”

S6000, Mobile “Home Entertainment” Center

As tablets have continued their march into the mainstream, increasing demands with regards to larger screen devices have raised the bar for tablet makers. Lenovo has responded with the S6000, a sleek and powerful option for customers looking for a device that switches seamlessly from entertainment to social media and beyond. Powered by the MTK 8389/8125 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, the S6000 shines as a multimedia and gaming tablet fronted by a 10.1-inch IPS 1280X800 display with a wide, 178-degree viewing angle, micro HDMI port and digital microphone. The S6000 also offers a number of additions to optimize its performance as a connectivity tool for social networkers including optional HSPA+ and a substantial battery that allows for more than 8 hours of continuous WiFi web browsing. Even with these specifications though, the S6000 does not lose track of style and convenience; it is all tied together in a super slim (8.6mm) and light (560g) frame that feels good and helps users look good.

A3000, Full Performance in a Compact Package

In today’s connected world, devices must be mobile, without skimping on performance. The A3000 bristles with specifications typically found in a much larger device, all packed into a seven-inch form factor that is thin and light. Powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core, MTK processor, the A3000 optimizes the user experience for games, video, photo-sharing and web-browsing, offering seamlessly fluid navigation and highly responsive performance. The benefits of the seven-inch form factor are not ignored on the A3000 either. The tablet, which sports an IPS 1024x600 screen, weighs in at less than 340g and is only 11mm thick, but can still hold a wealth of content with an extensive memory, which can be extended to 64GB with the external micro-SD card. Optional 3G HSPA+ support ensures users stay connected on the go with Lenovo’s ultra-portable tablet.

A1000, Pocket Studio with Dolby®

The A1000 delivers an audio experience normally reserved for more expensive tablets in a seven-inch device. With Dolby Digital Plus integrated into the device and large, front-facing speakers that ensure the sound is directed at the users’ ears rather than the floor, the A1000 is perfect for music lovers and those seeking a “pocket studio” for either music or movies. The A1000 runs Android Jelly Bean 4.1 on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and has on-board storage of up to 16GB, extendable to 32GB with a micro-SD slot, so users can load content up and take it to the gym, the office or anywhere else they want to experience high-quality sights and sounds. It also comes in either black or white, allowing users to customize their Lenovo pocket studio to their lifestyle.

Lenovo Mobile Access

All the new Android tablets come with Lenovo Mobile Access, a unique service that allows users to connect instantly “out of the box”. When customers first power up their Lenovo device, they will see an icon indicating Lenovo as their access provider. Without having to set up a special data plan, they can immediately start browsing web pages, accessing their email and sharing content with friends using HSPA+ 3G access or through WiFi according to their specific configuration. When the initial Lenovo Mobile Access service expires users will be prompted with the option to easily renew their plan or select an alternative service.

Pricing and Availability1

The newest Android tablets will be available worldwide from Q2, 2013. Although pricing varies according to market, configuration and model, each tablet in the range is competitively priced to ensure maximum accessibility to a premium user experience for all customers.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • jonathan3579

    Blah.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      You just said in one word what took me more than 450.

      Of course, just "blah" probably wouldn't have made for a very good read anyway.

      • jonathan3579

        Lol, nevertheless I do appreciate you taking the time to write the article. I did read it in it's entirety and couldn't help but express how underwhelmed I feel about manufacturers still putting crap like this out.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          I absolutely agree with your sentiments.

  • http://twitter.com/trickedoutdavid David Margolin

    lovin the display on the A3000... "1024x000"

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      It's the new hotness.

    • TheFirstUniverseKing

      So I'm not the only one who enjoys super ultra wide screen displays?

  • Kevin Cox

    For a company that makes some really nice laptops to come out with this is just disappointing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    "You Probably Won't Be Interested In" Wont know until we find out the price

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Right, that's why it says "probably" and not "definitely."

      • TylerChappell

        I don't expect the pricing on these to be all that note-worthy. Remember the....A2109 I believe it was? 8.9" TN display tablet for $300? Such a joke.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      And they're out. $150/$180/$280.

  • ickkii

    1280x800 isn't exactly 'subpar', it's standard. I really hate when the retina fanboys get condescending about a 1280x800 screen being bad by any means on a 10 inch device. Like really what the hell, yeah there's better - but 720p is bad now?

    • Anfronie

      1920 x 1200 should be the normal for any 10 inch tablet coming out. The nexus 10 needs to have a better gpu or cpu or something because 2560 x 1600 is just a little too much for it.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Umm... 149 PPI is bad. I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the other room to prove it. It's usable, but it's awful to read on. It is a bad pixel density for anything held closer to your face than a laptop screen.

      I'm not suggesting every tablet start pushing the 300 PPI of the Nexus 10, but something in the 180-200 range is where tablets should be starting these days.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        Listen to this man. His ideas are spot-on.

        • ickkii

          I'm not saying that 180-200 ppi wouldn't be better, but for an LCD display, if you value performance over aesthetics - 720p isn't a bad resolution. Higher resolution LCD have more tiny little lights called pixels that consume more power (see 'resistors'), this in itself requires more battery, along with a more power-crazed gpu to keep up with them all. It's inefficient for the small difference it provides for aesthetics because you don't get a pinch to zoom device to read tinier letters. The crispness at a very close viewing range is being negated by using pinch to zoom to zoom in. If one can be anal-retentive about pixels, why not the cost of such on performance and energy? These devices are already lagging behind in that area compared to desktops. They're already ahead with even 720p.

  • QuanahHarjo

    So damned annoying that they put the front-facing Dolby speakers on the crappiest of the three.

    And here I was hoping for something crazy, like an Android version of the Yoga 11.

    Lenovo, you crazy.

  • Neumenon

    Boy,

    I sure don't know which junk I should buy: lenovo or HP.

    It seems that a host of companies are trotting out a bunch of mediocre at MWC.

    I hope the news gets better later in the week.

  • John Smith

    Who the hell are you calling average!??!?!