Some leaked pictures of a 5-inch tablet made by Lenovo showed up on Engadget today. There isn’t much known about this mini tablet other than what can be seen in the pictures. It looks to be set to run Android based on the appearance of capacitive buttons that it has. Because of the buttons, it will most likely be running Gingerbread when released, not Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich. It also has a micro-USB port, HDMI port, and a front facing camera. This tablet would be launched under the LePad line in China, and the IdeaPad lineup elsewhere.
The real question I have is what kind of a market is there for a 5-inch tablet? That size is less than an inch bigger than my HTC EVO’s screen. I know I wouldn’t want another device that can only do what my smartphone can already do. Maybe it would be for those people that want a tablet, but not all the phone related stuff that comes with it. There are a lot of people that I know that just don’t want a smartphone because they don’t want to be connected 24/7, or the cost that comes with them. This would allow them the ability to have an ultra portable tablet, and keep their low cost cell phone plans. Samsung has tried something similar with their Galaxy 4.0 and 5.0, which have been compared as the Android version of the iPod Touch. Would you want to buy a 5-inch tablet?[Engadget]