Lenovo officially announces the IdeaPad A1 tablet; $199 for Gingberbread power

Lenovo officially announces the IdeaPad A1 tablet; $199 for Gingberbread power
Lenovo has officially introduced an Android flavored tablet that is priced like a smartphone. The $199 Lenovo IdeaPad A1 tablet comes with 8GB of storage, a 7 inch screen with resolution of 1024 x 600 and a Cortex A8 processor running the show. Of course, there is a trade-off for the savings and that is that Android 2.3 is installed and there is a good chance that this tablet will never get off its Gingerbread diet.

The Lenovo IdeaPad A1, the tablet priced like a smartphone

The Lenovo IdeaPad A1, the tablet priced like a smartphone

While there is Wi-Fi connectivity, there is no mention of 3G although later versions might offer that. There is a 3MP rear camera and a front-facing shooter as well. You can also pay up for some more storage with 16GB priced at $249 and 32GB costing $299 and there is a slot for both an SD card and a microSD card. Which of the three models are making the trip Stateside is not known at the moment.

By announcing the IdeaPad A1 now, Lenovo beats Amazon to the low priced Android tablet punch. As we reported yesterday, the online retailer is expected to offer its own 7 inch Android powered tablet in October, also priced for the masses.

source: Lenovo via AndroidCentral

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9 Comments

1. bsbokc

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

there is a trade-off for the savings and that is that Android 2.3 is installed and there is a good chance that this tablet will never get of its Gingerbread diet. So it has GB or is doesn't I think you meant to say it will never get Honeycomb or that it has Android 2.2 not 2.3.

2. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

the tradeoff is that it doesn't have tablet software. its basically a supersized phone that can't make calls

3. G-Reg unregistered

Dude, if you bold something... At least proof read it. That one missing "f" is going to knock some peoples logic off for a few.

4. Miles R. unregistered

Does It Matter If It Stays On 2.3? What Does 3.0 or Any Other *Tasty Flavor* OS Have Thats Different? Maybe The UI But If People Know Please Post It~ Cause They Can Also Just do 2.3 Updates Thats In 3.0 And just Call it 2.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and so fourth~ But As I Said Please Someone Post Whats Different Between 2.3 and 3.0 If You Can.

5. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

3.0 and 3.1 have more features in their widgets and the layout of applications are optimized to the larger screen real estate. plus honeycomb has usb hosting

7. G-Reg unregistered

Great rant, ever use google?

6. henri unregistered

The way this is written, it seems Lenovo is not committed to support the device for any upgrade. Instead, maybe their business model is to make a new device every year and make people buy it to get the latest changes (i.e., no updates). If Amazon is more supporting in updating the mobile OS on their tablet to allow a longer life of a tablet for an individual user, I'd say wait and pay the extra $100 for the Amazon tablet.

8. box unregistered

But does it come with Android Market? The single most frustrating thing about the discounted tablets are lack of Android Market, and the reliance on non-Market app stores or .apk downloads or sideloading from a PC

9. bsbokc

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The Amazon tab will not come with the Android Market. But it will include the Amazon App Store which is pretty much the same. That is the main reason that the Amazon tab will be so cheap because they will be getting the cut from devs on the apps instead of that money going to Google.

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