Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 pairs old iPad screen with Android 4.0

Lenovo has officially outed its latest tablet, the IdeaTab S2109, an Ice Cream Sandwich slate measuring 8.9mm thick. Spotted crossing the FCC recently, the IdeaTab S2019 takes a page from the iPad 2, with a 9.7-inch 4:3 aspect display; unfortunately, it's using a 1024 x 768 IPS panel, rather than the double-resolution Retina Display on the new iPad.

There's also a 1.3-megapixel front camera for video calls, plus microUSB, micro HDMI and a microSD card slot. The back of the slate is peppered with a full four speakers for SRS Trumedia sound and what Lenovo promises is better bass than the tinny thumps we're used to from tablets.

The unibody shell has a "gunmetal" finish, though there's no mention of whether it's actually metal or not. Inside is a battery good enough for a quoted 10hrs of runtime, though we still don't have confirmation on what processor is keeping the IdeaTab S2019 running: Lenovo has previously looked to NVIDIA's Tegra 2, so it's possible that the newer Tegra 3 is under the hood here. Update: There'll be a TI OMAP inside, though which we don't know [Thanks Richard!]

It's Ice Cream Sandwich that should make the biggest difference, though, and we're glad to see tablet manufacturers finally waking up and packaging the newest version of Android. Both regular Android Market access along with Lenovo's own app store are on offer for third-party software.

No word on pricing or availability at this stage.

[via Notebook Italia]