By March 10, 2011

Lenovo Skylight Slate appears through FCC

TrCZUlLenovo finally got their act together and decided to go through with the FCC approval for their entry into the Android tablet market, with what may soon be called the Lenovo Skylight. The 10" Android 2.2 tablet’s FCC testing documents made its way into the FCC database yesterday.

The device is being manufactured by Compal electronics in Taiwan. A product manual revealed the following specifications:
2 variants – one with a leather housing at 760g, and the other with paint only at 770g
size – 262.5 mm x 187.5 mm x 12.9 mm
Platform – Qualcomm QSD8650A
Screen – 10.1" HD LED (1280×800 resolution)
Touch interface – 4-point multitouch display
Integrated camera – 2.0MP (front facing)
Battery – 2700kWh Li-polymer battery
OS – Android 2.2 with Lenovo custom overlay
Ports – tablet dock connector, 3.5mm headphone jack
Perhiperals – built-in microphone, stereo loudspeakers, g-sensor, bluetooth, wifi, power adapter

Going through the FCC pictures reveals what appears to be a microSD slot. The wifi chip being used is a packaged Broadcom BCM4329, which is one of the more common wireless modules in Android devices today. It supports wifi b/g/n as well as FM transmission, but the FM portion of the BCM4329 is typically left unimplemented in most devices, and it was not tested for FCC approval. Of note is the proprietary charging port that doubles as a dock connector and a USB data port, and the screen rotation lock. It is unlikely that the device charges over USB, as the stock charger outputs a voltage of 12v, 1.5A (18 watts).

The QSD8650a processor is a single-core Cortex A8 processor that normally clocks to 1GHz. While the extra RAM should help the device handle more smoothly, there is no denying that this is going to seem a little underpowered compared to the dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 Honeycomb devices as well as the new iPad 2.

The device has seen preorders with 32GB internal storage, along with a price tag around the equivalent of $550USD. The price will likely be a very important consideration factor for the success of the tablet. A 1280×800 resolution will not be kind to some Android 2.2 applications out there today. Until this gets Honeycomb, we’d imagine that this is a little too expensive for most.

Source via FCC

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