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Lenovo to preempt Apple, itself with 4-core Android 4 tablet

updated 09:55 am EST, Mon November 14, 2011

Lenovo preps Tegra 3 ultimate tablet

Lenovo is hoping to put itself out in front of the next iPad update and other competitors with an imminent tablet launch, a leak uncovered Monday. The unnamed 10-inch tablet seen by Engadget would be just the second with a 1.6GHz Tegra 3 quad-core chip and would have an uncharacteristically large 2GB of faster 1,600MHz DDR3 memory. It would also be the first to ship with Android 4.0 from the start, as its fellow Tegra 3 rival the Transformer Prime may still arrive with 3.2.

The slate would rely on a few special tricks to stand out besides speed. A full-size USB port would give it regular expansion, and it would use the fingerprint reader as an optical joystick for apps that don't work as well with touch. It would also have a "Fusion-Skin" back, presumably to improve the feel, and would be thinner than the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad Tablet.

Although it's not clear if it would be ready for the US by the end of the year, the 2011 release would come no more than five months after the launch of its earlier tablets and points to possible dissatisfaction with its existing lineup. It might also hope to avoid being crowded out by a glut of tablets at CES in January and to get out ahead of the iPad 3 most are expecting in the spring.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. joecab

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    I'll say it first

    "nice fan!"

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    @joecab

    And half the battery life!

    Comment buried. Show
  1. canonsucks

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -12

    Riiight

    Because we all know there are no battery issues with any Apple product....oh wait...

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +9

    Grow up, people

    The fact is there are Android tablets on the market now with higher megahertz processors than the iPad, but are slower. Time will tell if having a four-core CPU results in a better performance. Not that that results in a better user experience anyway.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Time-to-market is meaningless

    This sums it up: "It might also hope to avoid being crowded out by a glut of tablets at CES in January and to get out ahead of the iPad 3 most are expecting in the spring."

    Same thing happened in January 2010. All the wannabes demo-ed their prototype slates at CES, and the media dutifully reported on each one, even though the big news was iPad and everyone knew it. Then, last January, a new wave of wannabes rolled out their beta slates. And their window of opportunity lasted two months. Steve announced iPad 2 in March and that was it. All eyes on iPad 2 from then on.

    More and more, CES is turning into an irrelevant graveyard of bad ideas. The media knows it, and Apple amplifies the CES gloom by waiting until after CES to announce each year's iPad. Yet the wannabes are still forced to announce their slates at CES. Because of the media attention, as short as it is.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    main reason for 4-core

    is to draw & paint large retina quality screens. If Lenovo has this, more power -- heh heh -- to them.

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