Lenovo announces an Android 4.0-powered TV

Just in time for CES 2012, Lenovo has announced a range of new Android-powered products including a new tablet, smartphone and most interestingly, a television. Yes, Lenovo is launching a new TV known as the Lenovo K91 Smart TV 55” which is set to be powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The TV itself is a 55-inch IPS LED-backlit 3D panel capable of 1080p output and a 240 Hz refresh rate, with a built-in 5 MP camera in the bezel. What’s more interesting is the TV is powered by a Qualcomm “8060” (presumably the APQ8060 S3 Snapdragon) chipset with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. It also boasts 8 GB of storage and an SD card port.

The Qualcomm processor is needed inside the TV because it needs to power the Android 4.0 interface that is present, which Lenovo claims is a world first. The TV UI is said to bring the three major smart TV features together into the one package: video-on-demand, internet applications and traditional TV programming. Lenovo also says that with “great customized TV apps” and “powerful hardware” the K91 Smart TV is capable of console-quality games with “fantastic graphic effects”.

Also worthy of a mention is that the TV can be controlled both with your voice and with a touchpad remote control, and can be integrated with Lenovos other smartphones and tablets. It will certainly be interesting to see this TV in action, because the Google TV-like Android 4.0 features do seem stronger than what has previously been available in Google-powered TVs.

Interestingly there is a note in the PR release that says “…exact specification will vary by region. Available only in China.” It seems unclear as to whether the smart TV will only launch in China or whether a worldwide launch is planned, and no pricing details are available, but hopefully all this info will be available at some point in the future.

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TeflonDonInc said,

Who feels akward now?

You for not keeping the thread?

As much as thealexweb and I disagree, hhe's right. This doesn't fit in any way into the metro design language.
You see tiles, you think metro, but metro this isn't.

dotf said,

You for not keeping the thread?

As much as thealexweb and I disagree, hhe's right. This doesn't fit in any way into the metro design language.
You see tiles, you think metro, but metro this isn't.

You are right, it looks more like Aero with metro tiles. Even if You argue with that I'm guessing You aren't using metro anywhere? (Xbox, Win8 Dev preview?)

subcld said,
Microsoft Metro ftw
even google copy microsoft

That awkward moment when you realise it doesn't look anything like metro xD

Looking forward to ICS TV's

I think this has the potential to replace the traditional console market completely.

Joey S said,
Looking forward to ICS TV's

I think this has the potential to replace the traditional console market completely.

yeah but how would you control the games?

jupe said,

yeah but how would you control the games?

How about OnLive being pre-installed and the TV having a connection for their controller? Sounds like a winner.

carmatic said,
isnt this really more like an iMac than a TV now? albeit with a mobile rather than desktop OS ...

Yes, this is one of those cases where slapping on Android on a TV doesn't actually tell much. It's just an OS that can run apps. But it'll be interesting to read the reviews. #1 most interesting part will be how well its version of Android will interact with a remote control. Android wasn't designed for those. At all. So yeah, I'm curious how they solved that isssue. Will just their special "media player" app support it, so it's kind of like a walled garden, where no other Android app can be used? Issue #2 will be the part not even Steve Jobs got right, despite having the experience from iTunes: Getting enough movie and TV companies on this to make it a smooth and useful experience.

You will have to root it! xD

Looks way better than the SmartHUB in my Samsung LED TV, SmartHub its kinda laggy.

ive been waiting for tv's like this!!!
soon non of that ugly graphics that plague every tv on the planet (the ones for the channel numbers, no signal etc)