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CES 2012: Lenovo Shows Off Android Tablet, Smartphone and Smart TV

Nathan Eddy is a contributor to eWeek and TechWeekEurope, covering cloud and BYOD

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Lenovo is to release a series of connected devices as part of its “Personal Cloud” vision

Lenovo has unveiled a new Android powered tablet, smartphone and smart TV at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as it seeks to transform itself from a “personal computer manufacturer” to a “personal cloud solution”.

The IdeaTab S2 tablet, S2 smartphone and K91 smart TV are available immediately in China, and Lenovo will be releasing the products worldwide at a later date, the company announced 9 January

Going mobile

The IdeaTab S2 10-inch tablet is one-third of an inch thin and weighs in at a light 1.1 pounds. The tablet features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8960 dual core CPU and Android 4.0 operating system and is running the Lenovo Mondrian UI, which displays customised content and includes access to the Lenovo App Shop and the Android Market for thousands of apps. Its detachable design, combined with a light keyboard dock, can deliver up to 20 hours of battery life, according to a company statement.

The S2 smartphone includes the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon technology and Android 2.3 operating system. The device includes a Kernel-level security system to protect personal data, prevent phishing and control network and SMS traffic. Users can also take advantage of its 8 megapixel digital camera to capture panoramic photos. The smartphone is also ready for the cloud, and syncs photos, music, videos and personal information with a dedicated online storage space for sharing across multiple devices.

Android powered television

The company also announced the launch of a smart TV powered by Qualcomm’s 8060 Snapdragon dual core CPU, the K91. The company claims the TV is also the world’s first smart TV running the Android 4.0 operating system. Its “Sandwich” UI unites three major smart TV functions, including video on demand, internet applications and traditional TV programs. The online HD VOD is tailored to an individual consumer’s viewing history, and delivers enhanced picture quality with 3D FPR technology, which delivers video on a full HD IPS panel at 240hz with SRS TruSurround.

Internet applications include choices from the Android Market and Lenovo Store, including console games. Additional smart TV features include voice control with natural language processing and speech recognition technology, allowing viewers to use voice commands to control the remote. Video interaction is also possible with the built-in five megapixel webcam, which integrates face recognition technology for security benefits and advanced parental control. With cloud support, consumers can access songs and videos, share files between the TV and their tablet, smartphone or PC, and also control the TV via tablet and smartphone.

“Lenovo is breaking down the barriers of device differentiation and weaving together hardware, software and cloud services that are connected, experiential and dynamic,” said Liu Jun, senior vice president and president of Lenovo’s mobile Internet and digital home business group. “We understand our users need more than just the traditional keyboard and screen for a truly satisfying digital experience. Our Personal Cloud vision integrates all devices, from tablets to TVs, for a comprehensive mobile Internet experience anytime, anywhere.”