The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 is a 7 inch Android tablet which went on sale in early October for $199. That wasn’t a huge surprise, since the company had been showing off the budget tablet and promising a sub-$200 starting price for over a month by that point.
What was a surprise was when the price jumped to $229 and up just a few days later and then the tablet was listed as out-of-stock at the Lenovo Store for the rest of the month.
Today Lenovo is taking orders for the IdeaPad A1 again — but only one model is available, it costs $249, and it won’t ship until December 2nd.
The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 has a 1 GHz TI OMAP 3622 processor, 512MB of RAM, and runs Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It features a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a front-facing VGA camera and a rear 3MP camera. The tablet has Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi, and the model that’s currently available for order has 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot for expansion.
The cheaper model which isn’t currently available ships with 8GB of storage.
The IdeaPad A1 looks like an attractive alternative to the Amazon Kindle Fire for anyone looking for a more standard Android experience, access to the Google Android Market, cameras, GPS, and a microSD card slot. But right now it looks like you’ll have to pay $50 more for Lenovo’s tablet than Amazon’s.