What have we here? A previously undiscovered Lenovo tablet, if the Federal Communications Commission can be believed. The Chinese manufacturer submitted the drawings below for the “IdeaTab S2109” for the standard set of wireless tests, certifying its WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM radios. There’s very little else in the way of empirical information, though the wire frame of the tablet’s backside would seem to indicate either an unusual bezel style or (morel likely) a non-widescreen aspect ratio, probably of the 4:3 variety.
That would be a first for Lenovo, though it’s certainly not unique. Archos, Pantech and various other low-cost Android tablet makers have employed the form factor, usually going for an iPad-matching 1024×768 LCD screen. Notably, the HP TouchPad uses a similar size and resolution. The FCC isn’t interested in specifics that extend beyond a gadget’s wireless capabilities, so there’s no way to be sure of the screen size, or for that matter any of the other components. Technically an FCC filing doesn’t guarantee a US release, either, though it’s certainly a strong indication.
Currently the only Lenovo tablets on our horizon are the IdeaPad K2 (a 10-inch Tegra 3 beast with a 1920×1200 10-inch screen) and three members of the LePad family, the S2005, S2007 and S2010. The name of this tablet indicates that it’s either a new generation of these LePad devices or a 9-inch variant of the three that have been unveiled already. No LeGadget has thus far made it to the American market thus far, so the IdeaTab name is probably going to stick. Expect to see this one on retail shelves in the next few months.