Lenovo IdeaPad S2 is thin, light, has a transformer dock

Whops, sorry, I didn’t mean transformer dock, I meant…keyboard dock…with a hinge…clamdock? Oh screw it, there’s no way anyone will look at this and not see ripoff of the Asus Transformer concept. Luckily, ripping off one another is what the players in the electronics business do 24/7 anyways. The IdeaPad S2 is an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon chip, a 10-inch 1280 x 800 screen, 1GB of RAM, 3G (with call support, of all things – talk about giant phone), dual cameras, micro-HDMI, and up to 64GB of storagey. The sleek 8.69mm, 580 gram tablet fits in its own keyboard dock which bumps the battery life up from 9 to 20 hours, adds two USB slots and an SDHC slot, and gives you a trackpad (and naturally a keyboard) to play with.

The lack of Tegra 3 doesn’t necessarily make this a lesser choice than the Asus Transformer Prime, as other chips are quite capable of keeping up with the Android software at this point. The low thickness and weight also puts this up there with the big guys, and everything generally seems to be in place on this one. Still, I hope this isn’t an indicator of what’s coming from other companies at CES this week; while it’s a nice contender to the Transformer series, it doesn’t really add much extra. Last year we saw the Xoom kick off what turned out to be a series of practically identical tablets, a trend only broken later in the year by features such as the Transformer dock, IR blasters, digitizers etc. Innovate, don’t replicate! Being a CES item, pricing and launch date can range anywhere from next week @ $49 to September, 2137 @ $999,999.


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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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5 thoughts on “Lenovo IdeaPad S2 is thin, light, has a transformer dock

    • Or a more consumer oriented version, with that thing’s screen ratio and finger print scanner pointing more to the business market. I hate CES, really, it’s like the electronics companies’ excuse to essentially invent shit out of the blue without needing to have anything finalized. Last year there were so many devices that either didn’t come out or came out very late. Just a tiny jump up from concept drawings :/

      • i have to admit, that i’m really impressed at some point, nice selection of ports, highres display(yeah, i know your complains ’bout that :D) and an over-all professional look(fingerprintsensor).
        speaking from the point of a guy, who’s gonna be a designer some day, such hardware makes sense, sometimes more than the ipad.
        apple offers me real sweet performance and the best software/Hardwareharmony, but i have to buy adapters and without networking, filemanagement can really be a pain in the a**.
        it’s one of these wonderfull dreammoments, when i imagine, i just have to insert my sdcard, copy the files onboard, work em out in my programms and fill them on my usbdrive, WITHOUT any adapters.

        that’s truely not everyones point of view, but at least it’s mine.
        ipad for lifestyle and creativity, android for the real ‘connected’ stuff ;)

        btw, could you take a look at procreate? it’s really awesom on an ipad2 :D

        • I totally get your desire for normal ports, or even the ability to connect USB drives directly at all.

          Procreate looks nice. It’s times like this that I wish I could draw something more advanced than a stick figure :S

  • But, even a small sketch can be art;) and this app has some really nice effectfeatures, still training, how to use the well… :)


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