Lenovo readies 10.1" Ice Cream Sandwich tablet with Tegra 3

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So far Asus remains the only company to officially announce a Tegra 3 based tablet but it looks like Lenovo will be joining the fray soon. According to a report on Engadget, the Chinese manufacturer is readying a new 10.1-inch tablet equipped with Nvidia's quad-core processor as well as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The yet-to-be-named device will reportedly sport 2GB of 1,600MHz DDR3 RAM, a standard USB host socket covered by a pop-out flap, a back-facing camera of unknown resolution with an LED flash, a "Special Fusion-Skin Body" and a fingerprint scanner on the backside that apparently doubles as an optical joystick. There's no information the dimensions and weight of the new tablet but Engadget speculates it will be significantly thinner than the IdeaPad K1.

The device is expected to hit the market before the end of the year -- though it's not clear if that launch window is for the company's home country of China or elsewhere.

Other tablet manufacturers, including HTC and Acer, are also expected to announce Tegra 3 and ICS powered tablets during the CES and Mobile World Congress shows early next year. There are no details on HTC's device at this point other than the possibility that it will be joined by a quad-core smartphone. As for Acer's tablet, all that's been said is it will reportedly launch as the A510 -- an obvious successor to the Iconia Tab A500 sporting a similar design.

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