updated 09:55 am EST, Mon November 14, 2011
Lenovo preps Tegra 3 ultimate tablet
Lenovo is hoping to put itself out in front of the next iPad update and other competitors with an imminent tablet launch, a leak uncovered Monday. The unnamed 10-inch tablet seen by Engadget would be just the second with a 1.6GHz Tegra 3 quad-core chip and would have an uncharacteristically large 2GB of faster 1,600MHz DDR3 memory. It would also be the first to ship with Android 4.0 from the start, as its fellow Tegra 3 rival the Transformer Prime may still arrive with 3.2.
The slate would rely on a few special tricks to stand out besides speed. A full-size USB port would give it regular expansion, and it would use the fingerprint reader as an optical joystick for apps that don't work as well with touch. It would also have a "Fusion-Skin" back, presumably to improve the feel, and would be thinner than the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad Tablet.
Although it's not clear if it would be ready for the US by the end of the year, the 2011 release would come no more than five months after the launch of its earlier tablets and points to possible dissatisfaction with its existing lineup. It might also hope to avoid being crowded out by a glut of tablets at CES in January and to get out ahead of the iPad 3 most are expecting in the spring.