Lenovo is offering the IdeaPad A1 tablet for $167.20 this week when you use the coupon: EMPLOYEEPRICE0119. That’s more than $30 lower than the best price I’ve seen for this tablet to date.
Update: It looks like the promotion ran its course a bit early. Prices are now back to $199.20 and up.
The IdeaPad A1 has a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1 GHz TI OMAP 3622 single core processor, 512MB of RAM, 16GB of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system.
While it’s not likely that Lenovo will offer a software update to Android 4.0 for this budget tablet, independent developers have already figured out how to root the tablet and work is underway to port custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod 7 (which is based on Android 2.3) to the tablet. I wouldn’t be surprised if we eventually saw unofficial builds of Android 4.0 — although the older processor and limited RAM in this tablet could prevent some features from working properly.
If you’re looking for a high quality tablet that can run the latest Android software without any problems, the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 might not be the best bet. But if you’re looking for a decent tablet for under $200 which also happens to have cameras, GPS, Bluetooth, and Android Market access (all features which are missing from the $199 Kindle Fire), you could certainly do worse.
The $167 deal is good on the pink and white models of this tablet. The promotion runs through January 25th or until supplies run out.