So it’s not meant to compete with the likes of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 or the HTC Flyer, but will be a nice pick for those looking for a portable and affordable toushcreen tablet this Fall.
Some tradeoffs were made in order to reach the low price-tag, so better have a look at the list of specs below for more details:
- 7 inch 1024 x 600 px capacitive display with only 2 different touch points support
- ARM Cortex A8 processor clocked at 1 GHz (the same as the one found on the first generation Galaxy Tab 7)
- rungs Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread, pretty basic, but with the Lenovo App Launcher on top
- up to 32 GB of storage, with microSD and standard SD card slots
- Android Market support
- Wireless and Bluetooth, GPS, G-sensor
- 3 MPx camera on the back, 0.3 MPx camera on front side
- no 3G, USB or HDMI
Besides these, the tablet looks more like a toy than a real gadget, mainly because of that glossy plasticish exterior, available in four different colors: white, black, blue and pink. But don’t worry, that’s how the real thing looks in this case. On the other hand, Lenovo tells us the frame inside is made from magnesium alloy, like on their ThinkPads, which should make the little gadget quite sturdy and protect it (to an extent) in case of shocks and drops.
The A1 is not that sleek either, measuring 0.5 inches in thickness and weighing around 0.9 pounds, but at least it offers around 6-7 hours of life on average, which is decent for such a cheap tablet.
More details about the IdeaPad A1 should be available in the near future, till then, there’s a short preview clip below:
We know that the tablet should hit the shelves in the US by late September, and if you’re looking for a cheap sub 200 bucks tablet, this one is right there between your best picks. Just don’t expect too much out of it, you’re only getting what you’re paying for, not else.
Update: Seems like Lenovo will only sell the 8 GB IdeaPad A1 for $199, with the 16GB versions going for $249 and the 32 GB model for $299. Unfortunately though, looks like the 8 GB A1 won’t actually ship to the States, as it’s reserved for “poorer” countries, which is a pity.
Update: the A100 is sold in the US, but can only be found is some offline stores for $199 right now. For a selection of the best inexpensive tablets on the market, also see this other post here on the site.
It doesn not have much worthy competition in its price range, as most devices that go that cheap come straight from China and won’t offer Android market support, or Google Maps for the matter. There is however the Archos Arnova 7 (will be available soon) and the original Galaxy Tab 7, but the last one is a bit more expensive as it also comes with phone capabilities.