Lenovo IdeaPad A1 Hands-on

Lenovo IdeaPad A1 Hands-on
When you hear about a tablet that’s priced at $500, it might not garner much attention as it did before, but when you hear $199.99, then your ears really begin to hone in on something good. Naturally, that’s the response we’re seeing with the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 as it’s able to attract bystanders with its Android experience – though, it’s nice to know that it doesn’t require a wealthy investment to own.

Not surprisingly, for a 7” tablet that’s competitively priced at $199.99, it sports a very humble and conventional design that doesn’t go outside the box – and in fact, its looks reminds us of the original Samsung Galaxy Tab. Rather, it’s able to engulf consumers with its delectable palette of available paint jobs, which include blue, white, and black. However, you get a sense of cheapness with its construction since its plastic exterior doesn’t radiate that sense of durability.

Nevertheless, we’re talking about a $199.99 7” tablet that offers all the amenities of the Android experience – Gingerbread only though. As much as some people will be tempted by its ridiculous price point, it’s confirmed that it will only be staying put with Gingerbread as its platform of choice – with no intent on bringing Honeycomb officially to it.
Forking over $200 to pick up the Lenovo IdeaPad A1, you get a tablet that features a 7” display with a resolution of 1024 x 768, 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 3-megapixel rear camera, front-facing camera, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. Sure it’s packing a stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience, but unlike some of those wonky and unknown Android powered tablets out there, you have the Android Market to download and install all the apps that your heart desires.

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IdeaPad A1
  • Display 7.0" 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP
  • Storage 16 GB + microSD
  • Battery 3550 mAh



1. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

if it truely is a stock android with no skin overlay the pirce isn't too terrible, but i feel they skimped on the ram. otherwise this product looks very tempting

2. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

512 MB ram is pretty good given the price point, there's some 500$ tablets out there that only have 512MB ram. The specs on this are pretty nice for the price, usually a $200 Android tablet is one to stay the hell away from, but this actually looks like it would be nice to have around, and its cheaper than the Nook Color so no more hacking the Nook Color with Android to get a good cheap Android tablet needed.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

If this was running a 1.2ghz+ and had 768mbs of RAM I would say it's a solid purchase, still though not too shabby considering its only 199.

4. give it time unregistered

give it some time and XDA devs will do the rest

5. jemolian unregistered

specs totally reminds me of the original 7" galaxy tab...

6. rakeshbaishya

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 24, 2011

gadho, 1ghz, 512 ram, no 3g available anymore............

7. Moonriver unregistered

Like many cheap copies made in China, only looks nice during video demo, but in terms of durability, quality , robustness, get an IPAD, Just remember when something prices cheap, it's because it's a piece of junk that needs to be priced cheap to attract naive customers.

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