Lenovo IdeaPad A1 for $199


Various reports have pointed out that Lenovo is now accepting pre-orders for its 7-inch Gingerbread tablet, the IdeaPad A1. The base "web" price for the 2 GB model is $199 USD, seemingly making it a prime contender against Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet although Lenovo's offering provides a smaller storage capacity.

This model was unveiled last month during IFA 2011 in Berlin and it’s the first attempt at a 7 inch slate from Lenovo. I’m puzzled that Android 2.3 is available here and not versions 3.2, considering how many Honeycomb tablets are available out there and the next Android is about to get released. Honeycomb 3.2 would have been gold on this slate, especially since it was created with 7 inch tablets in mind.

As far as specs go, you’re getting a 1024 x 600 pixel touchscreen, a 1GHz CPU, 5 megapixel main camera and 2 megapixel videocall camera upfront. 512MB of RAM, WiFi and Bluetooth are also found among the specs. The problem here is the very little internal storage, that’s a mere 2GB, but for $50 more you can get 16GB of memory. Shipping on October 27, this product is a pretty good HTC Flyer alternative

For consumers hunting for a similarly-priced tablet, Amazon's Gingerbread-based Kindle Fire lacks in some areas but propels in others when up against Lenovo's IdeaPad A1. Amazon's tablet will feature a dual-core TI OMAP SoC clocked at 1 GHz, 512 MB of RAM, a 7-inch screen, an 8-hour battery and 8 GB of storage. The tablet won't offer cameras or Bluetooth, but it will have 802.11 b/g/n connectivity.

In addition to the 2 GB model, Lenovo is also offering the 16 GB model for $249 online, and will arrive in four separate colors: white, black, pink and blue -- the 2 GB will come only in black. Both models will be built using a magnesium alloy roll-cage internal frame design, and measure just 0.46-inches thick.

Lenovo expects to ship both tablets on October 28.
Lenovo IdeaPad A1 for $199 Lenovo IdeaPad A1 for $199 Reviewed by Admin on 9:55 AM Rating: 5

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