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Lenovo working on 5" Android tablet?

Images of new 5” Lenovo tablet leak; could include phone capabilities and be marketed as IdeaTab

None of the recently rumored Lenovo devices have gone official yet, but that isn't stopping further rumors from making their way to the surface.  Once again, Engadget’s sources are behind the rumors; however, this time around, Lenovo looks to be working on a 5” tablet that would target a relatively unexploited segment of the market.

According to the tech website, the device will be marketed under a new “IdeaTab” moniker in order to differentiate it from the IdeaPad notebooks, though it will still be known as a LePad in China. No further details have been provided, but photos of the device do show micro-USB and micro-HDMI slots, as well as three capacitive buttons that hint towards Android Gingerbread rather than Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich.

At this point in time, not many 5” tablets are on the market, especially after the  Dell Streak 5 closed shop back in August. On the other hand, Samsung is set to launch their 5" Galaxy Note soon, and if Lenovo’s latest tablet also includes phone capabilities then it may end up competing directly against Samsung’s hybrid device. 


For leaked images of the tablet, check out the source links below.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-11-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)