Lenovo’s new budget tablets now available for $129 and up

As promised, Lenovo is now selling its new A Series Android tablets in the United States.

The tablets feature 7 to 10 inch displays, quad-core processors, and prices starting as low as $129 — although in typical Lenovo fashion, that’s the price after “instant savings,” suggesting that the cheapest tablet actually has a retail value of $169.

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The Lenovo A7, Lenovo A8, and Lenovo A10 tablets each feature 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT8121 ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processors, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS displays and 1GB of RAM.

The 7 inch model has a 3450mAh battery for up to 7.5 hours of use and comes in two versions. For $129 you get a tablet with 8GB of storage and a 2MP front camera but no rear camera. For $139 you get a 16GB model with a 5MP rear camera plus a 2MP front-facing camera.

Lenovo’s 8 inch tablet has a 4200mAh battery with up to 8 hours of battery life, front and rear cameras, and 16GB of storage. Lenovo sells it for $180, although it’s available from Amazon for $155.

The $250 Lenovo A10 has a 10 inch screen, front and rear cameras, and a 6340mAH battery for up to 9 hours of run time. Amazon is already selling the tablet for $220.

All three sizes feature 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB ports, and microSD card slots. And all of the new tabelts run Google Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Lenovo is also continuing to sell the 7 inch A1000L tablet for $99. That model has a slower 1.2 GHz MediaTek MTK8137 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display.

It’s worth spending a little more for the new A7 tablet… or if you have your heart set on a $99 tablet you might be better off with the HP 7 Plus which has more memory and a quad-core CPU.

  • realjjj

    So the 7 inch is pretty much same price as the Asus MemoPad HD 7 last year. No wonder tablet sales are crap when they don’t evolve at all.

    • http://rationaldreaming.com/ Mike

      Well, at least they’ve stopped selling the tablets with 512k memory at last. That was just pathetic.I’m sure they’ll get plenty of buyers, even if its not the best bargain out there. The fact that it’s only Android 4.2 is enough for me to rule them out of consideration (even as someone who is using his Lenovo keyboard to type this on his Lenovo laptop :)

      • captain irrelevant

        512k? You mean 512mb.

      • http://rationaldreaming.com/ Mike

        Whoops — showing my age. My first computer came with a massive 32k of RAM.

  • Conception

    Wait until they “bait and switch” you, the real prices will be known. http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/lenovo-offers-100-for-laptop-pricing-glitch-1.2655392

    • http://rationaldreaming.com/ Mike

      I detest Lenovo’s practice of fake “full” prices that they have never used (such things are illegal in other countries), but you can’t call what is a clear pricing error a “bait and switch.” All but the most churlish of customers are no doubt happy to get a $100 voucher for the mix-up.

      • Conception

        Except they had it up there on there website for several days until they were contacted by the news outlets. Oh and I disagree, they should have honored their “error” like other, more reputable companies do.

      • http://rationaldreaming.com/ Mike

        That’s not true. It is extremely rare for a company to honor a mistake that large and that obvious. It is highly unlikely that many of those who ordered the laptop didn’t know they were taking advantage of a mistake, and I would be very surprised if the Canadian government doesn’t side with Lenovo in this case.

        Either way, to call it bait-and-switch implies that Lenovo did it deliberately, but since they didn’t try to bill customers for the full amount, then clearly it wasn’t one. Whether or not they should honor the price is a separate matter.

  • Michael Thompson

    It seems like new tablets are coming out but everyone is just pushing the same beans around on a plate.
    You want a reason why the tablet market growth is showing?
    Maybe it’s because now there is a glut of decent enough tablets or there with similar specs and the same price point all trying to grind out maximum profit from existing hardware with not many really distinguishing themselves from the rest.

  • David

    So the A7 is essentially the same as the A3000 IdeaTab that’s been around for awhile and is perpetually stuck at 4.2.2. However the Lenovo page for the A7 says, “Includes free upgrade to Android KitKat 4.4, detailed timing TBC”. Which doesn’t mean squat. It’ll probably just be abandoned at 4.2 like the A3000. Regardless, expect to pay more than 50% additional for the A7 here in Indonesia – the land Lenovo forgot.