Lenovo announces the IdeaPad A1, a 7-inch Android tablet priced from $199
The IdeaPad A1 is a 7-inch tablet that looks familiar, since we’ve already seen it once before. Now unlike the other two tablets unveiled today, this won’t claim to be one of the thinnest around. Just one of the cheapest.
The 8 GB version of the IdeaPad A1 is set to cost $199, although using US Dollars there is a bit odd, considering that this particular version of the tablet will never make it to the US. Strange, we know. The USA will only get 16 or 32 GB options, with the former costing $249 and the latter $299. Still, if that $199 doesn’t ‘translate’ into something like £300 or €350 (as things usually happen when a product reaches Europe), color us interested.
Aside from the price, the IdeaPad A1 is a pretty competitive offering, however one hampered by software. For whatever reason, Lenovo chose to put Android Gingerbread on the A1, and there’s no sign of it ever being upgraded to anything else. Not yet, anyway.
Why Lenovo chose to take this path instead of using Android 3.2 which would have worked fine with the A1’s resolution, or even Ice Cream Sandwich (since by the time the A1 launches it should be ready), is, as usual, uncertain. But this is how things are nevertheless.
The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 has a 7-inch 1024×600 touchscreen, a 3 MP rear camera, a secondary front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, microSD card support, and a single-core processor. The IdeaPad A1 will be available later this year. No word yet on 3G-enabled versions, it’s all Wi-Fi-only for now.