The 7 inch Android tablet has an estimated ship date of October 27th, so it looks like you’ll have to wait a little while to get your hands on the device, but it should still ship before Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire tablet, which isn’t expected to hit the streets until November 15th.
The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 features a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive multitouch display, a 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 3622 single core processor, and 512MB of RAM. It runs Google ANdroid 2.3 Gingerbread and features 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 as well as offline GPS capabilities.
For $199 you can pick up a model with a black case and 2GB of flash storage. The tablet is also available with 16GB of storage and a choice of black, white, pink, or blue cases for $249.
When I got some hands-on time with the tablet a few weeks ago, I spotted a microSD card slot though, so it might be cheaper to pick up the 2GB model and add your own storage — although internal storage is usually faster.
Interestingly the Lenovo website suggests the tablets have list prices of $349 to $399 and that the lower prices are just sale prices. But given the competitive marketplace for Android tablets these days, I’d be surprised if these prices ever rise.
via Notebook Italia