Lenovo Unveils New Trio of Tablets at MWC 2013
After a short dry spell in the Android tablet segment due to the launch of Windows 8, business seems to be picking up once again as many manufacturers are showcasing new Android tablets at MWC this year. Lenovo announced a trio of Android tablets that offer configurations and form factors to match consumers' 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 of 2013.
The trio is made up of two new A-series tablets, 7-inch devices, designed for optimal mobility while still packing a punch in performance. The A1000 is the best choice for first-time tablet buyers and features enhanced audio, while the A3000 offers quad-core processing for speedy performance whether gaming or web-browsing. Alongside the A-series, 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.
“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.”
So without further ado, here's what the devices look like, along with more information on the features that they packed:
S6000, the Mobile “Home Entertainment” Center
- The S6000 is a sleek and powerful option for customers who want a device that excels in entertainment, social media and beyond. Powered by the MTK 8389/8125 1.2GHz quad-core processor, the S6000 is perfect for multimedia and gaming. With its 10.1-inch IPS 1280 x 800 display with a wide, 178-degree viewing angle and micro HDMI, watching videos on and from the tablet is a treat. The S6000 also offers a number of additions to optimize its performance as a connectivity tool for social networking, including optional HSPA+ and a substantial battery that allows for more than 8 hours of continuous Wi-Fi web browsing.
A3000, Full Performance in a Compact Package
- Ideal for individuals who want a compact device that has no compromise in performance, the A3000 packs similar specifications compared to larger devices. This thin-and-light 7-inch tablet is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core MTK processor and optimizes the user experience for games, video, photo-sharing and web-browsing and offers fluid navigation and highly responsive performance. The device weighs in at only 340g and is only 11mm thick, but can still hold a wealth of content as its storage can be extended to 64GB with a microSD card. The optional 3G HSPA+ support also allows users to be connected wherever they go.
A1000, Pocket Studio with Dolby
- While it may be targeting the first-time user market, this 7-inch device delivers an audio experience normally reserved for more expensive tablets and doesn't skimp on the features. With Dolby Digital Plus integrated into the device and built with large front-facing speakers, the A1000 is perfect for music lovers and those seeking a 'pocket studio' for music or movies. The A1000 runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1, is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and has on-board storage of up to 16GB, expandable to 32GB with a microSD slot so users will never run out of space for their favorite types of multimedia files.
Aside from the announcement of these new tablets, Lenovo also shared that they will come with Lenovo Mobile Access, a unique service that allows user 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 using HSPA+ 3G or WiFi. When the initial Lenovo Mobile Access service expires, users will be prompted with the option to easily renew their plan or select an alternate service.
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