Goodness knows there are plenty of Android tablets on the market now, particularly 10.1" models. So Lenovo decided to differentiate their newest tablet, the IdeaPad S2109 (or simply IdeaPad S2), with a 4:3 aspect ratio 9.7" IPS panel. It runs at 1024 x 768, just like the iPad, and is less oblong than the usual 1280 x 800 Android 10.1" tablet.
The Lenovo IdeaPad S2109 has a bright 420 nit IPS display that's absolutely sharp and lovely. The aspect ratio is better suited to reading eBooks and PDFs, though movies and more recent TV shows will have those big black bars top and bottom. Some folks feel a 4:3 tablet is easier to hold, but I'd say the Lenovo is more pleasant to hold because it weighs just 1.3 pounds and is slim but not painfully skinny.
The tablet runs Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a 1GHz dual core TI OMAP CPU with 1 gig of DDR2 RAM and 8 or 16 gigs of storage (a 32 gig model is coming). It has a microSD card slot for expansion, a micro HDMI port with HDCP copy protection support, micro USB and a 3.5mm jack.
The Lenovo IdeaPad S2 is available now, with a $399 list price for the 8 gig and $449 for the 16 gig. That's not wildly price competitive with tablets like the $399 Asus Transformer Pad TF300, 1080p $449 Acer Iconia Tab A700 and the $449 Toshiba Excite 10 with Tegra 3 quad core CPUs, but Lenovo's website has enticing sales. Right now, the 16 gig model is just $349.
Here's our Lenovo IdeaPad S2109 video review. Our full review will follow in the coming days.