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Toshiba’s exciting new tablet lineup brings Android 4.0 in all flavors and sizes

by Kristen Nicole

Toshiba is the latest to bring more diversity to Android 4.0’s tablet lineup, with three new quad-core devices due this summer. Available with 7.7-inch, 10-inch and 13-inch screens, Toshiba’s Excite family of tablets offer enough variety to appeal to just about anyone. Lenovo is also anxious to make its contribution to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, unveiling the new IdeaTab S2109 and a smart TV to boot. There’s also word that Polaroid is modernizing its devices with a glasses-free 3-D tablet, running ICS.

Toshiba Excite tablets

Toshiba’s launching a new line of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices this summer, coming in three sizes: 7.7-inch, 10-inch and 13-inch. All will feature Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processors, and will be Wi-Fi only. Under their hoods will be 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear cameras and 2-megapixel front-facing cameras. The 13-inch Excite is the most talked about, however, as it’s larger than most other tablets on the market. Geared for home use, the Excite 13 will be 0.4-inches thick, weighing in at 2.2 pounds, with a 1600x900 resolution display and 13 hours of battery life. The Excite 10 is smaller at 0.35-inches thick, weighs 1.32 pounds and has a 1280x800 display, with 10 hours of battery life. Both the 10 and 13 will have SD card slots, while the smallest of the bunch will have a microSD slot. With some worthy features, the Toshiba tabs are priced comparably to the iPad, with the 7.7 version starting at $499 with 16GB of storage, the 10 at $449 with 16GB of storage and the 13 at $649 with 32GB of storage.

Lenovo IdeaPad S2109 and K-Series TV

More ICS tablets are slotted to hit the market this year, including Lenovo’s new IdeaTab S2109. Revealed in a YouTube video earlier this week, the S2109 features an 8.9mm-thick unibody shell, micro HDMI output, four speakers and a microSD slot. There’s a 9.7-inch 1024x768 IPS display that’s similar to those found on the first two generations of the iPad, and comes with a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and no rear camera. The new IdeaPad will have a battery life of 10 hours, though there’s no word on its storage or processing power. Also unknown are the price and release date, so we’ll have to sit tight on this one.

Lenovo is also planning an ICS smart TV, hoping to make an early move with Google’s latest OS. It will ship with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Wi-Fi support and a 3-D LED panel with full HD resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. There’s four TVs in the K-Series lineup, one of which comes with a faster 240Hz screen. You’ll get an app store, video-on-demand and advanced control options, including voice- and motion-recognition via a game controller or remote. The TVs are expected to retail for about $1,030 and are currently available in China. No word on whether or not this smart TV will ever head west.

Polaroid 3D tablet

Rounding out our ICS tablet recap is the Polaroid 3-D tablet, a confirmed device that doesn’t require a pair of colored glasses. The 10-inch tablet will debut in Europe, and is expected to run Android 4.0 with a screen resolution of 1024x768. Polaroid’s new tablet will be powered by a 1.5GHz ARM-based processor with 512MB of RAM. There’s 4GB of internal storage and a memory card reader supporting up to 32GB of additional space. It will also have HDMI output and the ability to play 1080p HD video on external displays. Pre-orders have already been placed for the 3-D tablet, priced at about $328, though the official release date has not yet been announced. No word on U.S. availability or pricing yet.

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