Nov, 14 2011

Holy smokes, Droid-o-claus, what do we have here? It looks like the ASUS Transformer Prime won’t be the only Quad-core Android Tablet to launch this holiday season. And what’s more, the Lenovo Android Tablet leaked by Engadget is said to be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, has high enough specs to clear as a skyscraper, and will be launching before the year ends. But still a rumor, keep in mind.

Above is a render of the device’s back which includes a fingerprint scanner that doubles as an optical trackpad, a camera of unknown specs, and the body is supposedly “Special Fusion-Skin Body”- whatever that means. The anonymous source claims some features are set in stone:

  • 1.6GHz Tegra 3 Quad-Core Processor
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 2GB RAM (1,600MHz DDR3)
  • Standard-size USB port

This news follows on the heels of another Lenovo Android rumor regarding the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid, which would combine the X1 ultraportable line of Lenovo devices with Android and an “Instant Media Mode” that doubles battery life. Nice feature, but Sean Hollister of The Verge appropriately asks if they dual-boot separately or can you switch instantly between the two modes? That is not yet known.

Lenovo has been turning up the heat on their Android offerings in the past year. As far as I’ve seen (at least in the United States) they haven’t struck gold, but if they continue to pursue the level of innovation and flexibility as of late, they’ll be just fine. And it doesn’t hurt to offer one of the first (if not THE first) Android 4.0 tablets with quad-core processing power and a bunch of specs to boot. It remains to be seen if this will all develop as rumored, but we’ll certainly have our fingers crossed.

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