Lenovo IdeaPad Tablets: Quick Review Roundup

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January 19, 2015 | 0 comments
Lenovo IdeaPad Tablets: Quick Review Roundup Hi guys, welcome back to this site!

Around today’s smartphone market, most of consumers out there are more familiar with smartphones from big companies like Apple, Samsung, Sony or Nokia.

And that’s not so shocking given that these companies are really popular in the hearts of most smartphone users on the market.

However, despite not having some similar popularity just like these big planyers, there is actually a bunch of other smartphone producers that also have been doing well in this business.

One of those companies is Lenovo.

In its own headquarter, China, Lenovo actually has been selling a lot of smartphones to the citizens of that country.

As a matter of fact, this manufacturer is currently competing with other global players like Apple or Samsung, while at the same time, elbowing other local smartphone makers like Xiaomi, ZTE and other Chinese brands.

However, when it comes to tablet, i think Lenovo must learn more about this field from its rival, even from its closest competitor, Xiaomi – which until today has been doing quite well with its Tegra-K1-powered Xiaomi Mi Pad that has already sold millions units all across the globe, thanks to its hunger-marketing strategy (flash sales).

Lenovo actually has already had its own homemade tablets available to buy all across the tablet market even since a few years ago.

Unfortunately, this company didn’t have the edge to compete with global brands like iPad, Asus Transformer series, Samsung GALAXY series or even Xiaomi Mi Pad tablet.

But even so, i think there are still something to write home about from all of the tablets that Lenovo has released in the past.

So that’s why, today i’m interested to showcase some of Lenovo tablets that have been reviewed already on this site.

Okay then, without further long introduction, in this quick roundup, i’m gonna show you some of Lenovo tablets, including my take on their gaming performance as well.

Lenovo IdeaPad A1

The first tablet from Lenovo that i want show you in this quick roundup is Lenovo IdeaPad A1.

This tablet is actually not that impressive in terms of hardware. In fact, i think this tablet is really mediocre at best when it comes to specs.

For instance, it’s powered by a 1GHz TI OMAP 3622 processor, accompanied with PowerVR SGX 530 and even 512MB of RAM.

So basically, for playing games, this tablet definitely will suffer a lot in performance, especially when handling graphics intense games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA Vice City, Modern Combat 4 or NOVA 3, especially due to its low RAM and old-gen GPU.

However, despite not being a good gaming tablet, Lenovo IdeaPad A1 actually can still be pretty good as media-consumption device – like for watching movies, listening to music, browsing the web, reading books or playing some casual or simple games.

Lenovo IdeaPad A1But if you’re looking for a gaming tablet, i strongly recommend you to stay away from this tablet because its hardware specs are just not adequate for handling some heavy 3D games, especially the new ones.

Instead, you can pick up either HP Slate 7 Extreme, Google Nexus 7 (2013), Kindle Fire HDX 7 or HP Slate 7 Plus. Or you can also try another Lenovo tablet that i’m gonna to show you below - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109, which is a Tegra 3 tablet.

In terms of overall specs, Lenovo IdeaPad A1 comes with a 7-inch TFT display sporting the low-resolution 600x1024 pixels, 1GHz TI OMAP 3622 processor, PowerVR SGX530, 512MB of RAM, 3.15MP rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, Android v3.2 Gingerbread out of the box, microSD card slot for up to 32GB, 16GB of internal storage and a non-removable 3550mAh power battery, promising for up to 6 hours for talk time (multimedia).

Lenovo IdeaTab A2109

If the Lenovo tablet above doesn’t make you quite impressed at all, especially in terms of specs and gaming performance, you probably might want to switch to this Lenovo tablet.

Okay, introducing to you - Lenovo IdeaTab A2109.

However, unlike the 7-inch tablet i mentioned above, Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 is a 9-inch tablet.

So if you don’t mind having this larger tablet – which obviously much heavier to hold in long hours -, then this tablet might be the one you’re looking for.

Lenovo IdeaTab A2109In terms of gaming performance, i think it’s pretty obvious that Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 will excel on this sector perfectly.

And that’s thanks to the Tegra 3 quad-core processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU inside this device.

Not to mention, thanks to Lenovo’s decision to use only a medium-resolution 720p display, its Tegra 3 processor is surely able to perform much faster and smoother, especially when handling heavy games like:
  • Modern Combat 4,
  • NOVA 3,
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted,
  • Horn,
  • Dead Trigger
  • or even Asphalt 8: Airborne – which all of these games will run in full highest graphics on this tablet.
In terms of overall specs, Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 is also not too shabby at all.

Besides its impressive Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.2GHz and its 12-core GPU, this tablet is also equipped with a 9-inch display sporting the 1280x800 pixels – which provides much larger screen real estate than 7-inch tablets out there -, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, 3MP rear-camera, 1.3MP front-camera, microSD card slot for up to 32GB, 16GB of internal storage, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a promised 6.46 hours of battery life.

Overall, i think Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 can still be considered as a pretty decent tablet, especially as a media-consumption or gaming tablet.

Even though this tablet lacks on some sectors like cameras or battery life, i think Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 can still be a good choice, especially in low-end tablet category.

And that’s mostly thanks to its Tegra 3 processor and its great gaming performance.

Lenovo IdeaPad K1

Lenovo IdeaPad K1Another Tegra-powered tablet is made by Lenovo and this one is actually powered by the older-gen Tegra 2 processor, which is a dual-core CPU, coupled with an 8-core GPU.

This Tegra 2 processor – for your information -, used to be the world’s first dual-core processor brought to the tablet market.

So Lenovo IdeaPad K1 can still be considered as a good performance tablet a few years ago.

However, compared to Tegra 3 tablets, it’s really obvious that the gaming performance of this device will not be as great.

But even so, there are some older games that will run perfectly on this device, like ShadowGun, Samurai Showdown, PES 2012, Dungeon Defender, Dungeon Hunter and some other older games released in 2011, like Hero of Sparta, Modern Combat I and more.

In terms of overall specs, this tablet is actually not too shabby at all, especially on the sector of battery life.

It comes with a 10.1-inch TFT display sporting the 800x1280 pixels, a dual-core Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1GHz, 8-core GeForce ULP GPU, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear-camera with LED flash, 2MP front-shooter, microSD card slot for up to 32GB, 16/32GB of internal storage, Android v3.1 Honeycomb and a huge 7400mAh power battery, promising for up to 10 hours for talk time (multimedia).

So you can totally expect this large tablet to last all-day-long even in heavy use.

Lenovo IdeaTab K2

Lenovo IdeaTab K2The tablet i just mentioned above actually has a successor. And yes – this one is powered by no other than the next-gen Tegra 3 quad-core processor – as opposed to the Tegra 2 on predecessor.

Introducing to you, Lenovo IdeaTab K2.

Obviously, with this processor, along with its 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, this sequel model is so much even better in terms of gaming performance.

And that’s true because with Tegra 3 processor, this tablet is more than capable to execute games like Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, GTA Vice City, Horn and even Asphalt 8: Airborne in full highest graphics.

However, the gaming performance of this tablet might not be as great as other Tegra 3 tablets out there given that Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is sporting a much higher 1920x1200 pixel display, compared to 720p display on its counterparts.

So probably games like Asphalt: Airborne or Modern Combat 4 wouldn’t run really smoothly, even though they are still playable on this tablet.

Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is equipped with some high-grade specs on it.

It comes with a 10.1-inch IPS display sporting the 1920x1200 pixel resolution, a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, an 8MP rear-camera with LED flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera and 3G cellular connectivity.

However, i’m not sure about its battery life because there is no information regarding its battery capacity.

Lenovo IdeaPad S2

Lenovo IdeaPad S2Another 10.1-inch tablet is coming from Lenovo and this one is Lenovo IdeaPad S2.

However, unlike most of Lenovo tablets aforementioned above, this tablet is powered by Qualcomm’s homemade Snapdragon MSM8960 processor, along with Adreno 225 GPU.

This processor and GPU are still considered as pretty powerful though, but of course, still less powerful compared to today’s Snapdragon lineup – like Snapdragon 800, Snapdragon 600 or Snapdragon 400 which come with Adreno 330, Adreno 320 and Adreno 305 respectively.

But even so, with this type of hardware, you can expect to see this tablet capable to handle games like ShadowGun, Dungeon Defender, PES 2012 or Modern Combat 1.

In terms of overall specs, Lenovo IdeaPad S2 can be considered as a low-end quality tablet for today’s standards.

It has a 10.1-inch IPS LCD display sporting the 800x1280 pixels, a dual-core Snapdragon MSM8960 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, Adreno 225 GPU, Android 4.0 ICS, microSD card slot for up to 32GB, 32/64GB of internal storage, 5MP rear-facing camera, front-facing camera, 3G cellular connectivity with mini-SIM card slot and 1350mAh power battery promising for up to 9 hours for talk time (multimedia).

Lenovo ThinkPad

Lenovo ThinkPadAnother Tegra tablet is coming from this Chinese-based company and this one is called Lenovo ThinkPad.

However, unlike most of Lenovo tablets with Tegra processor, this one is powered by an older-gen Tegra 2 dual-core processor, along with its 8-core GeForce ULP GPU.

So when it comes to its gaming performance, this tablet is definitely not as powerful as other Lenovo tablets with Tegra 3 processor, especially when handling heavy performing games.

But even so, with this tablet, you’re still able to play games like Dungeon Defender, Dungeon Hunter, ShadowGun, PES 2012 or Modern Combat I.

But this tablet will absolutely suffer a lot when faced with games like Asphalt 8: Airborne or GTA San Andreas, which both obviously won’t run in full highest graphics on this device.

On the hardware standpoint – despite using an older-gen Tegra 2 processor -, there are still some great things to be liked from this device.

From its 10.1-inch display with 1280x800 pixel resolution, its 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor of course, 1GB of RAM, 8-core GeForce ULP GPU, 5MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 3-in-1 card reader memory card slot (whatever that means), 16/32/64GB of internal storage, Android 3.1 Honeycomb (which is upgradeable to ICS) and its 3250mAh power battery (24Wh).

Unfortunately, there is no 3G cellular support on this device. So you can only count on its WiFi connectivity if you want to get connected to the world of internet.

Lenovo Yoga 10

Lenovo Yoga 10From all Lenovo tablets aforementioned above, i think the one i’m about to show you right now is the most beautiful looking tablet made by Lenovo.

This one is called Lenovo Yoga 10, a 10.1-inch tablet running on Android platform.

The thing that makes this tablet impressive is actually its design.

On the rear-side of this device, there is one interesting area where you can open the kickstand whenever you want to use it on the desk.

It actually kind of reminds me with the same rear kick stand of Microsoft Surface tablet, although the design of this Lenovo’s tablet is more attractive and elegant than Surface.

However, despite using a quad-core processor, Lenovo Yoga 11 unfortunately doesn’t perform smoothly as expected, especially when opening some heavy tasks on the screen.

Even for just controlling the UI, there are some choppiness here and there on the screen – as seen on the reviews on YouTube.

And that’s not really shocking given that the quad-core processor inside this tablet is MediaTek MT8125 processor, which has been criticized for its under-power performance - despite being a quad-core processor.

But even so, this tablet still performs relatively well when handling some basic tasks.

But i have doubts this tablet would be capable to perform smoothly when playing games like GTA Vice City, Modern Combat 4 or Asphalt 8: Airborne.

The same thing actually happens on Asus MemoPad 7HD, which also is using 720p display, the same Mediatek quad-core MT8125 processor, PowerVR SGX 544 and 1GB of RAM.

And games aforementioned above run really laggy on this device.

But apart from that, there are some great things to write home about on this tablet, like its 10.1-inch display rocking the 1280x800 pixel resolution, 1GB of RAM, 4MP rear-facing camera, 1.6MP front-facing camera, microSD card for up to 64GB, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 16GB of internal storage, 3G cellular connectivity with Micro SIM and a huge 9000mAh power battery.

And more impressively is, this tablet really excels on the sector of battery life – as i’ve already seen on YouTube reviews -, promising for an all-day-long battery life even in heavy use.

Conclusion

Okay then guys, that’s all for now the quick roundup of these Lenovo tablets.

I know that there are some other tablets from Lenovo – even the older ones – that haven’t been reviewed yet on this website.

But that’s mostly because most of those tablets are either really weak in hardware or they have just been released to the market, or i don’t have enough information about their processors or GPUs.

So in the near future, i’ll probably make some new updates on this page, of course once i’ve finished writing the reviews of those tablets.

So if you don’t want to miss that, you might want to bookmark this page for further updates.

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