Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 unveiled, packs ICS

Lenovo has unveiled a new Android tablet, and it's running Ice Cream Sandwich. Good news all round.

The Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 has been unveiled via the company's YouTube page, SlashGear reports. And the good news for Android lovers everywhere? It'll come running Ice Cream Sandwich from the get-go.

The screen on the IdeaTab is just like the iPad 2's, measuring 9.7-inches across and with a 1,024x768-pixel resolution. That doesn't come close to the retina display found on the new iPad, but it's still pretty decent. It also features in-plane switching, giving you a wider viewing angle.

Above the screen sits a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for self-portraits and video conferencing calls, but there's no rear-mounted snapper. That's ok by my reckoning -- who uses their tablet as a camera anyway?

Fours speakers -- count 'em -- sit on the back, and should provide more sonic oomph than most tablets

The battery should be good for 10 hours, and the device has a microSD slot, as well as micro-USB and micro-HDMI sockets. There's no word on how much on-board storage it'll come with, but at least that microSD slot will make the memory expandable. Design-wise it features a unibody shell with gunmetal finish, and measures just 8.9mm thin, which is slimmer than the third-gen iPad.

There's no word on a price or release date, or what kind of processing grunt we can expect, but the IdeaTab S2 features a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 and a higher resolution screen, and goes for $349 (£220), so the S2109 shouldn't cost an arm and a leg. Check out the video below.

Google is preparing its own tablet with Asus, though it's not expected to launch until July. It'll pack a 7-inch screen, Ice Cream Sandwich, a Wi-Fi-only connection, and cost close to £125, if the rumours are to be believed.

Would you buy the IdeaTab S2109? Or are you waiting for the Google/Asus effort? Let me know in the comments below, or on our Facebook page.

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