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Lenovo has added new 7-inch and 10-inch tablets to the 5-inch LePad S2005 Android 'phablet' launched earlier today. The new tablets run Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), but are said to be inline for an update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in the near future. Unlike the planned US launch of the IdeaTab K2 variant, which will sport Ice Cream Sandwich and the new NVIDIA 3 quad-core processor, the new tablets incorporate dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processors clocked at 1.5GHz.
Lenovo has introduced the LePad S2005 5-inch Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) at a Chinese launch. The device joins the Samsung Galaxy Note in a market niche that combines the display size approaching a tablet with a device that can also function as an oversize phone. However, Lenovo has chosen to market the device as a compact tablet in the first instance, with its LePad branding evidence of this.
Lenovo has begun marketing its LePad A1-07 tablet in China, where the device will arrive ahead of availability in other countries. The company has yet to show the tablet in the US, however the Chinese marketing materials provide a look at the design. The advertisement also confirms that the seven-inch tablet will be based on Android 2.3, rather than a Honeycomb build geared for 10-inch displays.
A new tablet from Lenovo has appeared at the FCC. It bears the IdeaPad A1-07 and LePad A1-07 names, which would likely be the same device sold in different markets. The only technical specification confirmed by the listing is the presence of a Bluetooth radio.
The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is now up for preorder at Amazon.com. The website shows both the black version, which made a brief appearance earlier, and a white K1. The listing confirms the 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 10.1-inch 1280x800 multi-touch screen. In addition to a micro SD card reader, micro HDMI out, and 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, the K1 will also have a SIM card port.
A Lenovo affiliate newsletter has given clues that the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad Tablet could be unveiled as soon as this coming week. The company's "upcoming product launches" have the K1 unveiled in late June or early July with the ThinkPad's date narrowed to June 28. Although both are believed to be Android-based, Liliputing in uncovering the info cautioned that the ThinkPad might be a Windows model.
Lenovo's IdeaPad and ThinkPad tablets were confirmed by company president Rory Read in an interview that also had Lenovo keeping out of the US smartphone race for now. Both of the tablets would have 10-inch screens, ship with Android 3, and cost between $450 to $900 depending on the model, he told Dow Jones. The IdeaPad K1 should be ready by July and could be followed by the pro-oriented ThinkPad edition as soon as August.
The Lenovo LePad has hit the FCC with a new name for the North American market. It will be known as the IdeaPad Tablet K1. The timing of its appearance at the regulator suggests that it is on course for a release by June as previously indicated. Whether it will ship with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) is not known at this stage, although when it first appeared in January it was only running Android 2.2 (Froyo).
Lenovo may be planning more than just the ThinkPad Tablet by the end of the year based on a second
Lenovo COO Rory Read in an interview Thursday was optimistic for tablets. He predicted slates like the LePad would have 15 to 18 percent of the computer market in the next five years. Netbooks were on their way out, he argued to Forbes, in part because the category was being swallowed up as the computers got larger or faster.