Lenovo launches IdeaTab transforming tablet for only $400

Lenovo IdeaTab S2110

Check out our full review of the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 tablet.

Lenovo has beaten its tablet competitors on price, just a little. Originally shown at CES back in January, the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 is now available to buy online for a quite reasonable price. Though it appears that the standard retail price will be $450, currently you can buy the IdeaTab for $343.20, which is not a bad deal for an Android 4.0 tablet, especially when you add in the optional keyboard dock (works like Asus Transformer) for only $56 more. For those who are mathletically challenged, that’s roughly $400 for the whole package. Asus charges $150 for its keyboard alone and most of its Transformer tablets start at $400-$500. 

In our experience, the Lenovo tablet operated just fine, though we found the keyboard dock to be quite flimsy and too light, which could lead to a top-heavy, tippy laptablet. Still, if you aren’t using it as your only laptop (Android isn’t robust enough for that yet), the S2110 could be a solid tablet choice, though we admit that our hands-on time was on an earlier prototype. We haven’t tried out the finished device.

For our lovely geek readers, the S2110 looks good on the spec charts. It runs Android 4.0, and has a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 1.3-megapixel front webcam, stereo speakers, optional 3G connectivity (no 4G LTE), 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor (same as Galaxy S3, One X), 1GB of RAM, 16-32GB of internal flash storage, and gets 8-9 hours of battery life (Lenovo claims 10 hours). The only weak spot is the screen, which doesn’t match the high-resolution Retina and Retina-like displays on the highest-end tablets today. The IdeaTab S2110 has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution on a 10.1-inch IPS LCD touchscreen. IPS is probably the best form of LCD, as it has good color and wide viewing angles. And, to be fair, 1280×800 isn’t at all unusable; it’s just not impressive anymore. Learn more about screen technologies here