We see lots of tablets come and go which attempt to knock the iPad 2 of its pedestal, specs sometimes outdo Apple’s device and prices sometimes undercut it, however the iPad 2 is still regarded by many as the most impressive tablet available today – today we can reveal that Lenovo has taken a slightly different approach and revealed an affordable tablet which will attempt to attract people who don’t have a spare $400+ to spend on a tablet.
This tablet is called the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 and prices will start at $199, as you would probably expect it is not as impressive as more expensive tablets, but we think that the specs are good enough to deliver a pretty rich user experience and let’s face most people will use tablets for simple tasks such as web browsing and social networking – therefore we think that the IdeaPad A1 could attract some attention.
In terms of tech specs you get a 7-inch display which outputs at a resolution of 1024 x 600, a single-core Cortex A8 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, rear and front-facing cameras(front 0.3 megapixels, rear 3.0 megapixels), 8GB, 16GB and 32GB storage options along with WiFi, GPS, microSD and SD memory card slots. The good news is that it will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and have access to the Android Market – most cheap tablets don’t boast this, which seriously restricts functionality.
The image below is a little hard to see clearly, but if you look closely you can see that there will be four color options available (black, white, blue and pink) and the ability to deliver 7 hours of web browsing from a single-charge, the image also states that there will be Bluetooth connectivity.
You can see Engadget’s hands-on here, they say it isn’t particularly slim, but feels nice in the hand and should be pretty sturdy thanks to its magnesium alloy chassis – we haven’t yet seen any videos which give us an idea of the user experience, therefore we will keep you posted when we do.