Lenovo IdeaPad A1

Lenovo has begun taking orders for the IdeaPad A1 tablet. It’s available for $199 and up from Lenovo.com.

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

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7 replies on “Lenovo IdeaPad A1 tablet goes on sale for $199 and up”

  1. I might have been in for Android 3.2. I think I’ll stay away from tablets until ice cream sandwich. The market is too unstable for my money right now.

  2. When did the low-end A1 become a 2GB machine?  I thought it was announced as 8GB…

    That throws a bit of a wet blanket on the whole affair, as getting decent built-in storage suddenly puts the price near the seemingly-nicer HTC Flyer at Best Buy. I guess I’ll wait and see how useful reviewers find the offline GPS functionality, which is something of a killer feature to us unwashed masses that still don’t have smartphones.

  3. Interesting product, good features and price. Amazons whispersync, cloud still makes the Fire compelling, no buyers regret and looking forward to getting hands on

    1. How many tablets are there in the market beside the Toshiba Thrive that are known to have a replaceable battery?

      1. It’s pretty rare, problem is replaceable batteries usually force the design to the be thicker and heavier, which also adds cost.

        Also it goes against the ARM general market model, which has a product cycle far faster than other markets.  So basically it’s why bother when they want you to buy a new model every year anyway.

        Only those who either can’t compete with the run times or premium models for customers who want basically unlimited run time potential would think to provide a user replaceable battery option.

        While many other ultra thin products also tend to go the non-replaceable route to save costs and maximize how thin they can go.

  4. If I was thinking about buying the current Nook Color, new @ $250 or refurbished at $150, I would buy this device instead. It has better specs, better price, and offline GPS.

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