Lenovo’s newest Android-powered tablet is called the IdeaPad A1 and was unveiled at the beginning of September during IFA. The IdeaPad A1 is Lenovo’s first 7-inch offering, and it comes with some decent specs and great pricing. However, the whole package is a bit let down by software. See, the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread for reasons that are beyond us. Android 3.2 Honeycomb is readily available now, and it is the tablet-optimized version of Google’s mobile operating system. Furthermore, this version, 3.2, is even made to work well with screens of resolutions similar to that of the IdeaPad A1. So what was Lenovo thinking here? Who knows.
Anyway, if you don’t mind the phone-focused operating system, you may be quite happy with this tablet. It comes with a 7-inch 1024×600 touchscreen, a 1 GHz processor, a 5 MP rear camera and a 2 MP front-facing camera, 512 MB of RAM, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
The cheapest version costs an amazing $199 and is available only in black and comes with just 2 GB of built-in storage. For $50 more you get 16 GB of storage and a choice of four colors – with white, blue, and pink alongside the obvious black option.
All the different SKUs are set to start shipping on October 27, which is three weeks from now. So you’ll still need to do some waiting, but if you go to Lenovo and order an IdeaPad A1 now, at least you’ll know that you’ll be among the first people in the world to get your hands on one.
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