The Mobile World Congress is getting more exciting every day, thanks to the ambitious manufacturers who keep us busy with their new announcements. Lenovo is also a part of them, with its newly-announced Jellybean tablets, the Lenovo S6000, A3000 and A1000.
Lenovo S6000 is the biggest of the bunch, with screen of 10.1 inches diagonal. It’s also the beefiest of the trio, touting a 1,2GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK 8389/8125 processor. Its screen has a resolution of 1280×800 pixels, which just doesn’t make it for a high-ender anymore, but let’s face it: the S6000 is not trying to compete with the top-end 10-inchers, is it? The screen is said to offer 178-degree viewing angle, which should please many users. The Lenovo S6000 also has some great connectivity features: HSPA+, WiFi, microHDMI port and Bluetooth are all part of the deal. It’s only 8,6mm thick and weighs 560g. Its battery allows 8 hours of continuous Web browsing through WiFi, as the manufacturer suggests.
The Lenovo A3000 is aiming for the top spot of the 7-inch range. It features a 7-inch display with resolution of 1024×600 pixels, 1,2GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, various storage options and a microSD card slot for memory expansion. According to Lenovo, this player is optimized for games and multimedia, thus making for a great entertainment gadget. There’s an optional HSPA+ model for those that want Internet on-the-go. The slate weighs less than 340g, and is 11mm thick, notably thicker than its 10–inch brother.
Last but not least, here comes the Lenovo A1000, the lowest-ranked tablet of the bunch. It too features a 7-inch display like the A3000, but the other specs has shrunk down a bit. Take the processor for example, the A1000 features a 1,2GHz dual-core unit, instead of the quad-core beast found on its brother, but nevertheless, it’s suited for a different group of users. That said, this tablet has Dolby Digital Plus audio enhancements, providing superb audio experience. That, plus having the speakers on the front side, should please even the pickiest audiophiles out there. It has 16GB on-board storage, plus a microSD card slot offering up to 32GB expansion. The tablet runs on Android 4.1 Jellybean, which is not the latest Android version, but still, it’s more than enough for most of the customers.
The pricing and availability of these slates is still a topic to be further discussed, but they should be released in Q2 2013. The tablets should’t come to steep, as they are not flagships after all.
Here’s the full press announcement of the Lenovo S6000, A3000 and A1000:
BARCELONA – February 24, 2013: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced a line-up of new Android tablets, offering configurations and form factors to match consumer 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 2013.
The range starts with two new A-series tablets, seven-inch devices, designed for optimal mobility while still packing a performance punch. The A1000 is ideal for first-time tablet buyers and features enhanced audio, while the A3000 offers quad-core processing for speedy performance whether for gaming or web-browsing. Alongside these models, 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, whether the user is web-surfing in the coffee shop or enjoying movies and games at home.
“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.”
S6000, Mobile “Home Entertainment” Center
As tablets have continued their march into the mainstream, increasing demands with regards to larger screen devices have raised the bar for tablet makers. Lenovo has responded with the S6000, a sleek and powerful option for customers looking for a device that switches seamlessly from entertainment to social media and beyond. Powered by the MTK 8389/8125 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, the S6000 shines as a multimedia and gaming tablet fronted by a 10.1-inch IPS 1280X800 display with a wide, 178-degree viewing angle, micro HDMI port and digital microphone. The S6000 also offers a number of additions to optimize its performance as a connectivity tool for social networkers including optional HSPA+ and a substantial battery that allows for more than 8 hours of continuous WiFi web browsing. Even with these specifications though, the S6000 does not lose track of style and convenience; it is all tied together in a super slim (8.6mm) and light (560g) frame that feels good and helps users look good.
A3000, Full Performance in a Compact Package
In today’s connected world, devices must be mobile, without skimping on performance. The A3000 bristles with specifications typically found in a much larger device, all packed into a seven-inch form factor that is thin and light. Powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core, MTK processor, the A3000 optimizes the user experience for games, video, photo-sharing and web-browsing, offering seamlessly fluid navigation and highly responsive performance. The benefits of the seven-inch form factor are not ignored on the A3000 either. The tablet, which sports an IPS 1024×600 screen, weighs in at less than 340g and is only 11mm thick, but can still hold a wealth of content with an extensive memory, which can be extended to 64GB with the external micro-SD card. Optional 3G HSPA+ support ensures users stay connected on the go with Lenovo’s ultra-portable tablet.
A1000, Pocket Studio with Dolby®
The A1000 delivers an audio experience normally reserved for more expensive tablets in a seven-inch device. With Dolby Digital Plus integrated into the device and large, front-facing speakers that ensure the sound is directed at the users’ ears rather than the floor, the A1000 is perfect for music lovers and those seeking a “pocket studio” for either music or movies. The A1000 runs Android Jelly Bean 4.1 on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and has on-board storage of up to 16GB, extendable to 32GB with a micro-SD slot, so users can load content up and take it to the gym, the office or anywhere else they want to experience high-quality sights and sounds. It also comes in either black or white, allowing users to customize their Lenovo pocket studio to their lifestyle.
Lenovo Mobile Access
All the new Android tablets come with Lenovo Mobile Access, a unique service that allows users 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 with friends using HSPA+ 3G access or through WiFi according to their specific configuration. When the initial Lenovo Mobile Access service expires users will be prompted with the option to easily renew their plan or select an alternative service.
Pricing and Availability1
The newest Android tablets will be available worldwide from Q2, 2013. Although pricing varies according to market, configuration and model, each tablet in the range is competitively priced to ensure maximum accessibility to a premium user experience for all customers.