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Lenovo unveils three Android tablets in a range of sizes

by Kristen Nicole

Lenovo is the latest manufacturer to reveal a handful of promising new Android tablets. They have wisely chosen to release three different sized tablets in order to maximize consumer appeal. Meanwhile, AT&T is preparing for the launch of the LG Nitro HD 4G LTE. It’s a mouthful, but it’s an attractive offer that will hit stores the first week of December. Expanding Android interaction with third party connected devices is the updated Sonos Controller app, tying your home entertainment system to your Android handset.

Lenovo IdeaPad

Lenovo is looking to shake up the tablet market with three new devices set to hit stores next month. Launching under the LePad name in its home country of China, the tablets will be known under the IdeaPad brand in other countries, following the current tablet offering, the IdeaPad K1. There’s three sizes for the LePad. The 5-inch LePad S2005 is a cross between a smartphone and a tablet, outfitted with Android 2.3 and a Qualcomm dual-core 1.2GHz processor. The screen offers 800x480 resolution, with a 1.3-megapixel camera in the front, and a 5-megapixel camera in the back. There’s support for MicroUSB and HDMI, as well as HSPA+ networks.

The 7-inch S2007 has a bigger processor at 1.5GHz, with plans to launch with Android Honeycomb 3.2, and 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates down the road. Its display is 1024x600. The 10-inch S2010 features 1280x800 pixel resolution. Both the 7- and 10-inch LePads come with a 1.3-megapixel camera in the front and an 8-megapixel camera in the rear. They’ll also both support dual-mode 3G for data and voice calls. Where these two larger LePads really differ is in battery life, with the 10-inch sporting a heftier battery with a charge life of up to 11 hours. While Lenovo’s latest will initially launch in China, you can expect to see the new tablets in other countries, though no release details have been given.

LG Nitro HD 4G LTE

Heading to an AT&T store near you, the upcoming LG Nitro HD 4G LTE will be available in just a few days. AT&T revealed earlier this week that the newest LG device will hit shelves on December 4, priced at $249.99. The Nitro HD comes with a 4.5-inch “True HD” IH-IPS display with 1280x720 pixel resolution, and an 8-megapixel camera ready to record HD video. There’s 4GB of on-board storage, along with a 16GB microSD card and a dual-core 1.5GHz processor. AT&T says the phone’s 500-nit display will allow for true-to-life color rendering, and easier viewing in direct sunlight. To take advantage of the $250 price tag, you’ll need to sign a new two-year contract.

Sonos Controller for Android

Sonos has seen a prime opportunity for expansion with Android integration, delivering an interface for managing its home entertainment system. If you already have a Sonos device in your house, be sure to check out the update to the Sonos Controller app for Android. There’s a few added perks, including more management options for your music library, making it easier to navigate and play the songs you want without leaving the app. There’s also a new feature for setting alarms, awakening you from slumber with your favorite playlist for some morning variety. There’s also support for Slacker Radio and improved integration with Spotify. Sonos is out to change the meaning of connected devices, but it wouldn’t be possible without Android’s widespread and accessible mobile platform.